Former 49th District Congressman Darrell Issa (R), who served in the House for nine terms, is expected to announce his candidacy for the neighboring 50th District today. But, instead of seeing the field against indicted Republican Congressman Duncan Hunter (R-Alpine) grow, it apparently will actually contract. Two of the current candidates, ex-Escondido Mayor Sam Abed and El Cajon Mayor Bill Wells are slated to appear with Mr. Issa. It is presumed that they will both drop out of the race and endorse the former Congressman.
California candidate filing is December 6th, and the Golden State jungle primary is scheduled concurrently with their presidential primary on March 3rd. Regardless of percentage attained and party affiliation, the top two finishers will advance to the November general election. Mr. Hunter is scheduled for trial in February and he has not yet indicated whether he will run for re-election.
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