Democratic Rep. Mike Levin will face Republican Brian Maryott in the fall election in the 49th Congressional District, which spans Orange and San Diego counties. The district is seen by the GOP as a possible pick-me-up as it seeks to retake control of Congress.
After realignment, the Democrats have a little more than a 2-point voter advantage here. Maryott, one of the top three Republicans competing for the two-term incumbent, emerged as runner-up in the primary on Wednesday. The former mayor of San Juan Capistrano partially funded his own campaign and was supported by the state’s GOP.
During the primaries, Levin sent mailings to GOP voters in the district expressing another candidate’s support for the Roe vs. Wade highlighted the landmark 1973 decision that legalized abortion nationwide and that the Supreme Court is about to overturn — messages that would likely boost the candidate’s credentials among conservatives. Maryott, the mailer said, hadn’t taken a public stance on Roe.
Maryott replied that he was consistently against abortion and that Levin had “clearly shown his hand” with which rival he wanted to face in the general election.
This race is one of several in the state expected to be hotly contested by both sides in November. Republicans are expected to take control of at least one chamber of Congress, and help determine California’s congressional delegation, which with 52 members will still be the largest in the country despite losing a seat after redistribution. how much power the Republicans have.
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GOP Schools trustee John Briscoe took second place in the November runoff election to represent a new, predominantly, Latino-majority Democratic district stretching from Southeast LA towns to Long beach.
Democrat Robert Garcia, the mayor of Long Beach, had already taken first place. Briscoe, an Ocean View School District administrator and real estate broker, defeated Democratic Counselor Cristina Garcia in second place in the first two primaries. Democrats have a 38-point lead on voter registration in the new 42nd congressional district.
The state’s redistricting commission combined swaths of districts represented by two senior members of Congress, both of whom announced in December that they would be retiring at the end of their terms.
Robert Garcia had a significant advantage in notes and fundraising in the race. One of his first television commercials highlighted Briscoe’s ties to former President Trump, a move political pundits saw as an attempt to raise the profile of a weaker rival. With the district’s deep blue slope, a Republican opponent would face a much more difficult climb in November.
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