Sarvi and Tinklenberg get boost from DCCC

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Steve Sarvi and Elwyn Tinklenberg have been added to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s list of “emerging races.” The two challengers face uphill battles in Republican-leaning districts.

Sarvi is seeking to unseat three-term Rep. John Kline, who’s won each of his last two elections by 16 percentage points, while Tinklenberg (pictured) is looking to oust freshman Rep. Michele Bachmann, who’s established a war chest of more than $1 million.

The DCCC announced 14 races that are being added to the group’s “Red to Blue” list of highly targeted seats. There are now 37 such contests across the country, including the open seat in Minnesota’s Third Congressional District being sought by Ashwin Madia. During the 2006 election, the national organization raised an average of $404,000 for 56 targeted races.

Sarvi and Tinklenberg were added to a second tier of 20 contests that the DCCC is keeping tabs on. These candidates will have to prove — through fundraising, polling and organizational strength — that they are viable challengers worthy of national support. A key marker will come at the end of June when second quarter fundraising reports are due. Tinklenberg had just over $100,000 in the bank at the end of March, while Sarvi’s account held less than $40,000.