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Joe Bock, Democratic hopeful for the 2nd District U.S. House seat, at an interview in the Elkhart Truth newsroom. (James Buck/The Elkhart Truth)
Dem U.S. House hopeful Joe Bock garners Democratic group's backing
Posted on June 6, 2014 at 5:11 p.m.

Friday June 6, 2014

Democratic U.S. House hopeful Joe Bock has been added to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s Emerging Races program.

Bock, a professor at the University of Notre Dame, is hoping to unseat one-term incumbent Rep. Jackie Walorski, a Republican, for the 2nd District U.S. House post. “We’re putting together the campaign to win and this is further proof of that momentum,” Bock said in a statement Friday.

The DCCC supports Democratic U.S. House hopefuls and Bock was one of five Democratic candidates from across the country named Friday to the Emerging Races program. The program “highlights candidates and districts that are making themselves competitive by running smart campaigns which are becoming increasingly competitive,” the DCCC said in a press release.

Bock already had DCCC backing and Friday’s announcement underscores the organization’s continued support. Still, he didn’t muster naming to the DCCC Red to Blue program, which recognizes Democratic hopefuls for “surpassing aggressive fundraising, organization and infrastructure goals.”

Walorski has the edge in the contest at this stage, according to the analysis of two groups. The Cook Political Report rates the 2nd District contest as “lean Republican” while Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call rates the race slightly more in Walorski’s favor, dubbing it “favored Republican.”

The election is on Nov. 6.

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