On Friday, a sixth Republican candidate came forward to enter the Orange County based 45th Congressional District race, still a year before the California primary election. In November, freshman Rep. Katie Porter (D-Irvine) defeated two-term Congresswoman Mimi Walters (R), 52-48%.
Orange County Board of Education member Lisa Sparks joins the crowded field that now includes a half-dozen Republicans beginning with Orange County Deputy District Attorney Ray Gennaway, and featuring Yorba Linda City Councilwoman Peggy Huang, Mission Viejo City Councilman Greg Raths, Laguna Hills Councilman Don Sedgwick, businessman Brenton Woolworth, and now Ms. Sparks.
The California primary system is a qualifying election. All candidates are placed on the same June ballot with the top two finishers, regardless of percentage, advancing to the November general election. Therefore, the six Republicans will realistically be battling for second place in the June election, with that individual then doing battle against Rep. Porter in the November contest.
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