by Alex Gonzalez
In the 2018 Mid-Term, Democrats in California flipped a whopping seven U.S. House districts. These districts are expected to be one of the most competitive in the state since Republicans have an aggressive campaign to reclaim some of the California congressional seats they lost in 2018.
California has open primaries, in which all candidates run in the same primary race, regardless of party, and the top two candidates advance to the general election.
California’s 10th: In 20118, Democrat Josh Harder defeated Republican Jeff Denham. Josh Harder won with 39.8% and will face Republican Ted Howze who came in second place with 37.5%.
California’s 25th: Democrat Katie Hill defeated Republican Rep. Steve Knight. This the seat vacated by Rep. Katie Hill. Democrat Christy Smith came in first place with 34% and Republican Mike Garcia came in second with 25% of the vote.
California’s 39th: Democrat Gil Cisneros defeated Republican Young Kim. Republican Young Kim came in first place with 50% and Rep. Gil Cisneros came in second with 44%.
California’s 45th: Democrat Katie Porter beat incumbent Republican Mimi Walters. Katie Porter came in first place with 48% and Republican Greg Raths came in second with 19%.
California’s 49th: Democrat Mike Levin defeated Republican Diane Harkey. Mike Levin came in first place and Republican challenger Brian Maryott. This race was “Uncontested,” Just two candidates are running in the primary to represent the district, so both Levin and Maryott will advance to the general election in November.
California’s 48th: Democrat Harley Rouda defeated Republican Dana Rohrabacher. Harley Rouda came in first with 44% and Republican Orange County Supervisor Michelle Steel in second with 36%.
California’s 21s: Democrat TJ Cox defeatedRepublican David Valadao in close election; Cox beat then-incumbent Valadao in 2018 by less than 1,000 votes. David Valadao came in first place with 53% and TJ Cox came in second with 36%.
Thus far, Republicans are ahead in two of the California House seats lost in 2018 – David Valadao in Dist 21st and Young Kim in Dist 39th. Will it last?
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Alex Gonzalez is a political Analyst, Founder of Latino Public Policy Foundation (LPPF), and Political Director for Latinos Ready To Vote. Comments to firstname.lastname@example.org or @AlexGonzTXCA