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February 13, 2016

GOP Primary Field Grows to Replace Campbell | #CA45

Businessman Pat Maciariello announced Thursday that he is running to replace retiring GOP Rep. John Campbell in California’s 45th District, joining an already crowded GOP primary field in this strong Republican district.

Maciariello, a self-described political newcomer, joins state Sen. Mimi Walters, Orange County Supervisor John Moorlach and retired Marine Greg Raths in the GOP primary.

Walters is widely seen as the front-runner, earning endorsements from California Republican Reps. Ed Royce and Darrell Issa, among other local politicians.

The 45th District, based in Orange County, is one of the Golden State’s most strongly conservative districts. GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney won the district in 2012 by 12 points.

The 45th District is rated a Safe Republican contest by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.

  • Jim Gilchrist

    The race for Congress in California’s 45th District is sure to be one of the most competitive and prominent races in the country. There are so many exceptionally qualified persons from the GOP running for that office that it will be extremely difficult to squeeze out a final candidate.

    Nevertheless, with quality candidates in abundance for this race, whoever becomes the final GOP choice will be a well-qualified one.

    Let’s hope that candidate will take U.S. immigration law enforcement seriously.

    Jim Gilchrist, President, The Minuteman Project
    -a multiethnic immigration law enforcement advocacy group-

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