Thursday July 12, 2012 | 10:29 AM

The National Republican Congressional Committee has elevated 2nd Congressional District hopeful Kevin Raye to the top of its so-called 'Young Gun' ranking system.

Raye's campaign said the bump from the NRCC, along with recent poll commissioned by the Portland Press Herald, shows that the state Senate president is nipping at the heels of incumbent U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, D-Maine. 

NRCC Chairman Pete Sessions said in a prepared statement that Raye was in a position to win on Election Day. 

"The momentum behind his campaign is proof-positive that Maine families are fed up with President Obama and Mike Michaud's policies that spend too much, tax too much and borrow too much at the expense of hard-working families," Sessions said.

Attention from the NRCC could be a boon for the Raye campaign's ability to attract national money. 

The recent poll commissioned by the PPH indicated that Michaud was leading Raye, 47 percent to 35 percent with 18 percent of respondents undecided. The margin narrows significantly when subtracting lean responses. 

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