Democratic Rep. Mike Levin will face Republican Brian Maryott in the fall election in the 49th congressional district, which straddles Orange and San Diego counties. The district is seen by the GOP as a possible takeover as it aims to regain control of Congress.
After the redistricting, Democrats here have just over a 2-point advantage over voters. Maryott, one of three leading Republicans vying to take on the two-term incumbent, emerged Wednesday as the second runner-up in the primary. The former San Juan Capistrano mayor partly funded his own campaign and was endorsed by the state GOP.
During the primary, Levin sent letters to GOP voters in the district that highlighted another candidate’s support for the repeal of Roe vs. Wade, the landmark 1973 decision that legalized abortion nationwide. country and which the Supreme Court is about to overturn – a message that would likely boost the candidate’s credentials among conservatives. Maryott, the Mail said, had not taken a public stance on Roe.
Maryott replied that he had always opposed abortion and that Levin had “clearly shown his hand” in which rival he wanted to face in the general election.
This race is one of many races in the state that are expected to be hotly contested by both sides in November. Republicans are expected to take control of at least one chamber of Congress, and California’s congressional delegation, which will still be the largest in the country at 52 members despite losing a seat after redistribution, will help determine power Republicans.
GOP schools administrator to face Long Beach mayor for open seat
GOP Schools Administrator John Briscoe won second place in the November run-off to represent a new overwhelmingly Latino-Democratic district that stretches from Southeast Los Angeles towns to in Long Beach.
Democrat Robert Garcia, mayor of Long Beach, had already won first place. Briscoe, an Ocean View school district administrator and realtor, edged out Democratic Congresswoman Cristina Garcia as the runner-up in the first two primaries. Democrats have a 38-point advantage in voter registration in the new 42nd congressional district.
The state redistricting commission combined chunks of districts represented by two veteran members of Congress, both of whom announced in December that they would retire at the end of their terms.
Robert Garcia had a significant advantage in endorsements and fundraising in the race. One of his first TV ads highlighted Briscoe’s ties to former President Trump, a move political pundits saw as an effort to raise the profile of a weaker rival. With the district’s deep blue tilt, a Republican opponent would face a much tougher climb come November.
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