Yesterday, veteran California Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Vista) announced that he will not run for a tenth term later this year. Mr. Issa becomes the 48th House member who will not return to the House for the succeeding Congress. Rep. Issa scored the closest re-election of any incumbent in 2016, winning the race with only a 50.3% margin. Several Democrats have been running for months, including retired Marine Corps Col. Doug Applegate, the man who came close to upsetting him in the last election.
We can continue to expect a highly competitive 2018 campaign in a San Diego/ Orange County coastal district that typically votes Republican but switched to Hillary Clinton in the presidential race and came close to sending a Democrat to the House. In addition to the three-person Democratic field that has already formed, Republican Board of Equalization member Diane Harkey, a former Orange County state legislator, and state Assemblyman Rocky Chavez (R-Oceanside) are expected to quickly become Republican candidates.
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