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April 14, 2014

Honda Challenger Releases Second Spot in California Race

Honda Challenger Releases Second Spot in California Race

Honda, left, has a challenge from another Democrat this cycle. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Attorney Ro Khanna, a Democrat seeking to defeat longtime Rep. Michael M. Honda, D-Calif., has started to air his second advertisement of the race — a sign the challenger is becoming more aggressive ahead of a June primary.

In the 30-second ad, released on Monday, Khanna broadly describes a few of his policy proposals if elected to Congress. For example, he suggests adding computer coding to the curriculum in public schools – an issue that could resonate in the Silicon Valley-based 17th District.

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March 25, 2014

Honda’s Challenger Debuts First TV Ad in California

Attorney Ro Khanna, a Democrat waging a primary against Democratic Rep. Mike Honda in California’s 17th District, released his first TV ad on Tuesday — a positive spot highlighting his pledge not to accept money from special interests.

“Here’s my promise to you: I will never take money from corporations or lobbyists,” Khanna says in the 30-second spot, which doesn’t mention Honda at any point. “And I’ll say no to the special perks in Congress: no pay raises, no fancy trips funded by special interests, and no gold plated pensions.”

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January 21, 2014

Republican Could Help Honda in Ultimate California House Primary

A little-known Republican could bust attorney Ro Khanna’s well-funded quest to defeat another Democrat, longtime Rep. Michael M. Honda, in a Silicon Valley-based House district.

The two California Democrats are facing off in one of the cycle’s most competitive and expensive intraparty House contests of the cycle. Khanna has raised more than $3.2 million for the race to date, with $2 million in the bank. That number dwarfs the $622,000 that seven-term lawmaker Honda had on hand at the end of last year.

Despite Khanna’s financial assets, Republican Vanila Singh, an anesthesiologist, could serve as a spoiler for the Democratic newcomer in the June 3 primary. In the Golden State, the top two vote recipients in the primary proceed to the general election, regardless of party. Until recently, most California Democrats believed Honda and Khanna would fight a protracted battle until November.

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December 24, 2013

Most Fascinating Races of 2014: California’s 17th District

Most Fascinating Races of 2014: Californias 17th District

Honda, left, has a challenge from another Democrat this cycle. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

This Democrat-versus-Democrat battle boasts several dynamics that make it one of the most fascinating races in the country: racial politics, a president split with his former aides, the future of Silicon Valley and money.

Lots and lots of money. Full story

November 21, 2013

Ex-Congressman Warned Khanna Against Challenging Honda

Ex Congressman Warned Khanna Against Challenging Honda

Honda, left, has a challenge from another Democrat this cycle. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former Rep. Pete Stark, the 20-term Democrat ousted last year, warned attorney Ro Khanna against challenging Rep. Michael M. Honda, D-Calif., this cycle.

At the start of the 2014 cycle, Khanna eyed a bid against Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell, who defeated Stark last year, in the 15th District. But Khanna, also a Democrat, instead launched a challenge against Honda in the neighboring 17th District earlier this year.

“I tried to convince Ro not to do that,” Stark said in a Wednesday phone interview. “I think that’s impertinent of him. I mean … Mike is a fantastic member of Congress.”

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October 8, 2013

Obama Donors Boost Honda Primary Opponent in California (Updated)

Obama Donors Boost Honda Primary Opponent in California (Updated)

Honda, left, has a Democratic challenger in 2014. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 2:01 p.m. | Attorney Ro Khanna, a Democrat challenging longtime Rep. Michael M. Honda, D-Calif., raised $504,000 in the third quarter, bringing his total cash on hand to $1.9 million, his campaign announced Tuesday.

It’s another impressive fundraising haul for Khanna, who brought in $1 million last quarter for the 17th District race. He’s raised $2.8 million total since entering the contest in this Northern California district, according to his campaign.

A number of top givers to Khanna’s campaign this quarter are major donors to President Barack Obama, including Sandi Thompson and Andy Spahn, who were listed as top donors and fundraisers for the president’s campaign in 2012. Khanna also counts Alison Pincus — who hosted a fundraiser for the Democratic Party with first lady Michelle Obama just this week — among his top donors.

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July 17, 2013

House Fundraising Winners and Losers

House Fundraising Winners and Losers

Love is a fundraising winner in the second quarter of this year. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Now that all of the House fundraising reports are due, here is CQ Roll Call’s look at the winners and losers in the fundraising game.

Quarterly fundraising offers a quantitative window into the efficiency of a campaign — as well as a candidate’s drive to win. A number of challengers raised more money than incumbents this cycle, while other incumbents are racking up huge sums.

To see a full rundown of the House fundraising landscape, check out CQ Roll Call’s House fundraising chart. Even better: Bookmark it.

Winners:

Rep. Joe Garcia, D-Fla., in the 26th District
$442,000 raised, $801,000 in cash on hand

Garcia’s strong fundraising might be the best news he’s had in a few months. Two members of his official staff resigned during the second quarter amid an investigation into alleged corruption. But despite his legal troubles, he proved to be one of the top House fundraisers in the second quarter.

Former San Diego Councilman Carl DeMaio, a Republican in California’s 52nd District
$488,000 raised, $470,000 in cash on hand

DeMaio raised nearly a half-million dollars to challenge freshman Rep. Scott Peters, a Democrat who brought in $363,000 for this competitive district. Peters still holds the cash-on-hand edge with $526,000 in the bank. Full story

July 12, 2013

Most Eye-Popping Fundraising Hauls of the Second Quarter … So Far

After the drip-drip of campaign fundraising leaks over the past two weeks, it’s now clear that the amount of money it took to look impressive is staggering.

Challengers and incumbents raised the bar so high that to be considered a standout this time around, a candidate had to have raised $2 million for a Senate campaign or more than half a million for the House.

A number of nervous senators raised more than a million dollars in the second quarter, but it was the $2 million mark that made us look twice at recent reports.

As for the House, it was only last cycle when $200,000 to $400,000 marks were above-average for candidates in competitive races. That is no longer the case. At least 10 incumbents or challengers raised between $400,000 and $500,000 this quarter.

Here are some of the numbers raised our eyebrows over the past two weeks:

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July 10, 2013

Wednesday Fundraising Roundup: Incumbents Announce Big Hauls

Republican and Democratic House campaigns continued to tout their second-quarter hauls Wednesday, but a handful of Republican incumbents posted striking sums around the half-million dollar mark.

From the following numbers released today, it’s clear $400,000 is the new high-bar for campaigns to raise in a quarter:
Strong Incumbent Hauls:
  • #PA08: Republican Rep. Michael G. Fitzpatrick raised $502,000 in his re-election bid, and he will report $681,000 in the bank, according to a national GOP source. He far outpaced his Democratic rival, veteran Kevin Strouse’s, quarter-million-dollar haul.
  • #MN02: Republican Rep. John Kline raised $482,ooo and has $1.1 million in cash on hand, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune. His Democratic challenger, ex-state Rep. Mike Obermueller lagged behind him, raising $130,000 with $100,000 in the bank. Full story

Democratic Primary Challenger Raises $1M #CA17

Democratic attorney Ro Khanna announced Wednesday morning that he raised more than $1 million in the second quarter for his primary challenge to longtime Rep. Michael M. Honda in California’s 17th District.

Khanna now has more than $1.7 million in cash on hand, making him the first legitimate primary challenger Honda has faced in his more than 10 years in Congress. Full story

April 11, 2013

California: Almost Every Democrat in Delegation Gets Behind Honda

California: Almost Every Democrat in Delegation Gets Behind Honda

Honda was endorsed by many of his California Democratic colleagues. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ-Roll Call File Photo)

All but three Democrats in California’s congressional delegation have now publicly backed Rep. Michael M. Honda’s re-election bid.

The six-term incumbent faces what will likely be a competitive primary in the Silicon Valley. Former Obama administration official Ro Khanna entered the 17th District race last week.

Thirty-three California Democrats endorsed Honda on Thursday in the latest boast of strength from the congressman’s campaign. He’s previously rolled out the endorsements of President Barack Obama, the state’s two senators and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

(See also in Roll Call: Khanna Will Challenge Fellow Democrat Honda in Silicon Valley) Full story

By Kyle Trygstad Posted at 10:03 p.m.
Calif.-17

April 2, 2013

California: Khanna Will Challenge Fellow Democrat Honda in Silicon Valley

Ro Khanna made his candidacy official Tuesday morning, setting up a highly competitive Democratic battle in California’s Silicon Valley.

The former Obama administration official is challenging six-term Democratic Rep. Michael M. Honda, who has spent the past few months rolling out big-name party endorsements and polling to discourage Khanna, 36, from running.

“I’m running for Congress because I believe Silicon Valley’s innovation and energy can cut through old-style Washington politics,” Khanna said in a video posted to his campaign website.

Honda, 71, was endorsed in January by President Barack Obama, but many of Obama’s top campaign operatives are now working for Khanna. Full story

March 25, 2013

California: Honda Touts Additional Democratic Support

California: Honda Touts Additional Democratic Support

(Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Michael M. Honda is continuing to roll out internal polling and endorsements to scare off potential challenges from fellow Democrats.

Honda announced Monday the endorsements of California’s two Democratic senators, Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer, who said in separate statements that Silicon Valley needed Honda’s leadership.

The latest endorsements come a week after Honda released an internal poll that found him well ahead in a hypothetical top-two primary against two possible challengers, a Republican who lost to him in 2012 and former Obama administration official Ro Khanna, who is rumored to be eyeing Honda’s seat. The news also comes two months after Honda was endorsed by President Barack Obama and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California.

Khanna has not announced his plans yet, but his million-dollar war chest is enough to push Honda to play defense aggressively early in the cycle. The state’s top-two primary format means Honda could face Khanna in the general election, a scenario that ended the careers of two Democratic incumbents in 2012.

March 21, 2013

California: Honda’s Internal Poll Finds Him in Strong Position

California: Hondas Internal Poll Finds Him in Strong Position

An internal poll released by Honda showed the seven-term Democrat leading two opponents in a hypothetical top-two primary matchup by a wide margin. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Michael M. Honda, D-Calif., sent a signal to his potential opponents Thursday that they would start a campaign at a major disadvantage if they challenged him.

An internal poll released by Honda showed the seven-term Democrat leading two opponents in a hypothetical top-two primary matchup by a wide margin.

Honda took 57 percent, followed by 2012 GOP candidate Evelyn Li with 13 percent and former Obama administration official Ro Khanna with 5 percent. Full story

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