Indicted Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Alpine) was one of the few Republican incumbents to survive a California House campaign. The Democrats gained six seats in the delegation, and the party division in the state is now comprised of 45 Democrats and just eight Republicans.
This week, Temecula Mayor Matt Rahn (R) announced that he will become a congressional candidate in District 50 for the next election. With Mr. Hunter headed for his campaign finance trial likely in 2019, there is probably a better than even chance that this seat will go to special election before the next regular cycle. If Mr. Hunter is found guilty, he will be either forced to resign or expelled from the House. Therefore, we can expect other potential candidates to begin making moves now that Mayor Rahn has already come forward.
The 50th District has 88% of its territory in San Diego County, and only 12% in Riverside County, where Temecula lies. Therefore, should we see a special election arise here, expect major San Diego County figures to quickly jump into the open race.
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