The election totals are not even finalized yet, and defeated US Rep. Mimi Walters (R-Irvine) has already filed papers with the Federal Election Commission declaring her congressional candidacy for 2020. Though California’s jungle primary system would not necessarily guarantee that Ms. Walters would advance into the general election after the June vote, her chances of doing so are better than anyone else in the district. Therefore, even at this early date it is likely that we will see a re-match between Rep-Elect Katie Porter (D) and soon-to-be former Congresswoman Walters.
Up until the 2018 election, the region comprising the current 45th had been solidly Republican for 42 consecutive years in various district configurations. Should Ms. Walters follow through with her early decision, this district must be viewed as a prime Republican challenger opportunity.
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