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August 26, 2014
Redlands Mayor Pete Aguilar called his bid for California’s 31st District the Democrats’ best chance to pick up a Republican seat in the midterms.
“It is the most Democratic seat held by a Republican in the nation,” Aguilar told CQ Roll Call in a July 16 interview. “And the Republican decided to retire. So this is a great opportunity, Democrats’ best opportunity for a pickup.” Full story
May 5, 2014
Actor Dean Cain, best known for playing Superman on TV, is seriously considering a run for Congress — someday.
Cain, who starred in the popular 1990s series “Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman,” is now eyeing California’s 33rd District, which is home to many movie stars. Cain’s roots run deep in the area — he grew up in Malibu and attended Santa Monica High School.
“At some point in time, at a later date, it would be interesting, perhaps. Yes,” Cain said in a May 3 interview at the Washington Hilton, where he was attending the White House Correspondents’ Dinner as a guest of RealClearPolitics. Full story
March 13, 2014
Democratic Rep. Adam B. Schiff is now the third member of California’s Democratic House delegation to endorse former Los Angeles City Controller Wendy Greuel in the race for the state’s open 33rd District seat, according to a release shared first with CQ Roll Call.
“Wendy Greuel is the right choice to replace the irreplaceable Henry Waxman,” Schiff, who represents the neighboring 28th District, said in a statement Thursday. “I have worked with Wendy for more than a decade and she knows how to make government work for everyone.”
Democratic Reps. Tony Cardenas and Lucille Roybal-Allard — also LA-based members — previously endorsed Greuel.
The race to replace Democratic Rep. Henry A. Waxman, who announced his retirement in January, is rated a Safe Democrat contest by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call. But under California’s top-two primary system, the district could host a competitive general-election race.
September 27, 2013
Former Capitol Hill aide Amanda Renteria plans to announce on Sunday her campaign to oust Rep. David Valadao, R-Calif., in the 21st District.
Nathan Gonzales of the Rothenberg Political Report reported earlier this month that Democrats had recruited Renteria to run. An ex-Capitol Hill staffer, she previously worked for Democratic Sens. Dianne Feinstein of California and Debbie Stabenow of Michigan. Renteria was also the subject of a 2008 Roll Call profile. Full story
November 7, 2012
California was truly the home of Congressional competition this cycle, as more than one-fifth of its House delegation will be new in the next Congress.
With several races still to be called, the state could elect as many as 12 new Members. That’s stunning movement for the country’s largest delegation, which has seen remarkably little turnover in the past decade.
Democrats hoped to net several seats in the Golden State this cycle, though gauging their success was still difficult Wednesday morning because several races remained too close to call. Full story
September 28, 2012
Outside groups continue to rain dollars on California, the new home of Congressional competition.
This week the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and a national labor union both hit the airwaves with significant buys in California’s 7th district. The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees dropped $800,000 on an ad that ties Rep. Dan Lungren (R) to Wall Street.
Lungren is among several Golden State incumbents in competitive races this year. Roll Call rates his race a Tossup.
September 3, 2012
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) and a number of other Democratic leaders packed an expansive hotel ballroom this morning to rally the California delegation, highlighting the state’s importance in winning back the House.
Along with numerous mentions of President Barack Obama, the breakfast program focused largely on House races. Guest speakers include Reps. Jared Polis (Colo.) and Donna Edwards (Md.), who co-chair the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s Red to Blue program that helps candidates running for GOP-held seats.
“California is essential to it all,” Pelosi said. Full story
June 6, 2012
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
April 12, 2012
Rep. Dan Lungren (R-Calif.) will report raising a stunning $513,000 in the first quarter, according to numbers obtained by Roll Call.
The three-month haul is about three times what he raised in the prior quarter and marks the first time in nearly three years that he will have posted a stronger quarter than physician Ami Bera (D), a prodigious fundraiser whom Lungren defeated by 7 points in 2010 despite being outspent by $900,000. Full story
January 26, 2012
One month after losing their top candidate, Democrats have at least one replacement to run for one of California’s most competitive districts. Full story