Another race that appeared close enough to turn around when the post-votes are all counted was the 49th District campaign. With Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Vista) retiring, the open seat contest to replace him also drew 16 candidates. The clear first place finisher was Republican Diane Harkey, who captured 25.6% of the vote. The individual now definitively advancing with her into the general election is attorney Mike Levin (D) who raised well over $1.7 million. It has become clear that Mr. Levin’s two full percentage point advantage over his closest competitor, former State Department official Sara Jacobs (D), will hold and he will clinch second place.
Since this is the only district in the targeted seven Republican seats where Democratic turnout surpassed that of their partisan counterparts, this campaign should become a stronger national Democratic conversion priority.
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