Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Vista) won the closest November election in the country, a 50.3 – 49.7% margin that saw only 1,621 votes separating the Congressman and retired Marine Colonel Doug Applegate (D). Immediately upon the results being certified, Mr. Applegate announced that he would seek a re-match in 2018. Yesterday, a new Democrat joined the field. Environmental attorney Mike Levin announced his candidacy, saying he believes he can raise between $3 and $4 million for his political effort.
California features a jungle primary system. This means all of the candidates are placed on one primary ballot, and the top two advance to the general election. Therefore, it is likely that Applegate and Levin will be fighting for enough overall core Democratic support to advance to the general election. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton carried the 49th by eight percentage points.
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