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September 15, 2015

California Democrats Welcome Trump to the Golden State

Passerby's photograph Republican presidential candidate frontrunner Donald Trump's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on September 10, 2015 in Hollywood, California. Trump was awarded the star in 2007 in the television category.   AFP PHOTO / ROBYN BECK        (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

Passersby photograph Trump’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on September 10. Trump was awarded the star in 2007 in the television category. (Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty File Photo)

Getting attention for a House race in Los Angeles in a presidential year is hard.

So two Democrats running against one another in an open-seat primary in a California House race are seeking to drum up attention for their candidacies by staging events to protest the one candidate sucking up all the oxygen in 2016: Donald Trump.

Full story

February 18, 2015

Janice Hahn Endorses Successor in Congress

Hahn is running for L.A. County supervisor in 2016. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

California state Sen. Isadore Hall announced Wednesday he will run for the freshly open 44th District, and the Democrat is kicking off his campaign with a major congressional endorsement.

Rep. Janice Hahn, D-Calif., who announced earlier Wednesday she is retiring next year and running for a seat on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, is throwing her support behind Hall to replace her in the L.A.-based congressional seat.

Full story

February 5, 2015

Democrats Start Maneuvering to Succeed SoCal Congresswoman (Updated)

Hahn is a Democrat from southern California. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Hahn is a Democrat from southern California. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 1:15 p.m. | Rep. Janice Hahn, D-Calif., hasn’t even announced a bid for Los Angeles County supervisor, but the jockeying to replace her in California’s 44th District has begun.

State Sen. Isadore Hall III told CQ Roll Call exclusively that if Hahn runs for supervisor, he will unequivocally seek her seat.

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February 4, 2015

House Democrat Ponders L.A. County Supervisor Bid (Updated)

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Hahn is considering a bid for L.A. County supervisor in 2016. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 5:14 p.m. | Rep. Janice Hahn, a two-term Democrat from Los Angeles, is mulling a run for a seat on the powerful Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors in 2016, a move that would prohibit her from running for re-election in California’s 44th District.

Hahn declined to comment on her re-election plans to CQ Roll Call on Wednesday. But a Hahn consultant said the congresswoman is pondering a run in a statement Wednesday afternoon.

Full story

October 17, 2012

California: Janice Hahn Up Double-Digits in Internal Poll

A poll for Rep. Janice Hahn (above) showed she was up double-digits over fellow Democratic Rep. Laura Richardson. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A poll conducted for Rep. Janice Hahn’s campaign found the freshman up double-digits against fellow Democratic Rep. Laura Richardson in one of two intraparty Member-vs.-Member races happening in Los Angeles.

The FM3 poll obtained by Roll Call found that Hahn led Richardson, 43 percent to 27 percent, with 30 percent undecided. Full story

June 6, 2012

California: Year of Change Kicks Off in Jungle Primaries

The year of change in California’s Congressional delegation officially kicked off on Tuesday.

It was the Golden State’s first regularly scheduled “jungle” primaries in a federal election cycle, and there was no lack of interesting finishes. Along with redistricting and retirements, it led to some contested primaries in a state unaccustomed to competitive House races. Under the new format, each district held only one primary contest, with the top two vote-getters — regardless of party — set to advance to the general election.

In the biggest shock of the night, it appears that the Democrats will not have a candidate on the general election ballot in the 31st district, where the party was poised to score a pickup. While the race hasn’t officially been called, Redlands Mayor Pete Aguilar (D) finished behind Rep. Gary Miller (R) and state Sen. Bob Dutton (R) thanks to three other Democrats taking a combined 25 percent of the vote.

Many had thought Miller could become the first California Member to lose this cycle. But with 100 percent of precincts reporting, the Republican was in first place with 27 percent of the vote, followed by Dutton with 25 percent and Aguilar with 23 percent. This one could hurt in the Democrats’ hopes of regaining control of the House, with the Republican dodging a major bullet.

Here are the other highlights, by district (candidates certain to advance are in bold): Full story

March 28, 2012

Anti-Incumbent Super PAC Adds Jones, Moran to Target List

Rep. Walter Jones Jr. is one of two Members that an anti-incumbent super PAC has decided to target. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 7:39 p.m. | The Campaign for Primary Accountability plans to launch spending crusades against Reps. Walter Jones Jr. (R-N.C.) and Jim Moran (D-Va.) as part of the super PAC’s growing list of targeted races.

The deep-pocketed super PAC also announced a “Watch List” of more than two dozen veteran Members whom it plans to evaluate and potentially target during the height of primary season during the next three months. Full story

March 21, 2012

California: Speier Backs Hahn Over Richardson

Rep. Jackie Speier (above) has endorsed Rep. Janice Hahn, who is battling Rep. Laura Richardson in a Democratic primary in California. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Jackie Speier (D) is the third sitting Member to endorse Rep. Janice Hahn in her race against fellow Democratic Rep. Laura Richardson in the redrawn 44th district.

“I’m very proud to strongly back her re-election campaign because I know that she’ll continue to advance the causes that her constituents care about,” Speier said of Hahn, who is heavily favored in the race. Full story

February 24, 2012

California: Ex-Rep. Diane Watson Backs Janice Hahn Over Laura Richardson

Rep. Janice Hahn (above) picked up an endorsement from former Rep. Diane Watson. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former Rep. Diane Watson is taking sides in one of two Democratic Member-vs.-Member races in California.

The Democrat, who is mistakenly listed as an endorser on Rep. Laura Richardson’s campaign website, said today that she is in fact endorsing Rep. Janice Hahn in the redrawn 44th district in south Los Angeles. Full story

February 16, 2012

Morning Roundup: Member-Vs.-Member Races

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

The front page of today’s Roll Call features Shira Toeplitz’s report from the ground in Cleveland and Toledo, Ohio, on the Democratic primary between Reps. Marcy Kaptur and Dennis Kucinich. Their March 6 contest will be the first of 12 Member-vs.-Member races decided this redistricting cycle.

The numbers in the redrawn 9th district, which stretches 120 miles along Lake Erie’s shoreline, favor Kaptur over Kucinich because it takes in more of her current territory. But, as Toeplitz points out, long odds have never stopped the two-time failed presidential candidate and one-time “boy mayor” of Cleveland from running before. Full story

February 13, 2012

California Democratic Party Endorses Janice Hahn Over Laura Richardson

Rep. Janice Hahn scored the California Democratic Party's endorsement this weekend. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The California Democratic Party endorsed Rep. Janice Hahn on Sunday, Roll Call has learned — a significant sign of support in her race against fellow Democratic Rep. Laura Richardson.

The official endorsement announcement was made at the state party’s annual convention in San Diego. The endorsement will be listed on the sample ballot that is sent to every registered Democrat in the 44th district ahead of the June jungle primary and November general election. Full story

February 1, 2012

FEC for Breakfast: Member-Vs.-Member Race Fundraising

At Roll Call, there’s no race like a Member-vs.-Member contest. Here’s the fundraising breakdown for these redistricting-forced battles, plus our picks for which Member won the money battle in the fourth quarter:

Democrats Vs. Democrats:

  • CA-30:  Rep. Howard Berman obliterated Rep. Brad Sherman by bringing in almost eight times his haul in the fourth quarter. Berman raised just more than $1 million, while Sherman raised just $126,000. Sherman still has more in his bank account with almost $3.7 million in cash on hand. But Berman is quickly catching up and now has close to $2.9 million in the bank. MONEY WINNER: Berman, by eight-fold.
  • CA-44: Rep. Laura Richardson raised more than Rep. Janice Hahn in the fourth quarter, bringing in $103,00 compared with the newly elected Congresswoman’s $77,000. Richardson had more in the bank, too, with $132,00 in cash on hand. Hahn reported $76,00 in cash on hand. MONEY WINNER: Richardson, by a little.   Full story

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