As the June 5 primary approaches, Democrats are desperately trying to win more California seats in the House.
To do so, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) has invested over $1.6 million in hopes of taking over some of the vulnerable Republican districts.
“Multiple Democratic candidates are running for spots in those districts’ general election, and some party leaders fear that California’s top-two primary system could box liberal candidates off the November ballot. Only the two candidates with the highest number of votes, regardless of party affiliation, move on to the general election,” writes OpenSecrets.Org.
Dems are aiming to unseat one of the Republican Congressmen, Dana Rohrabacher, but there are many candidates throwing their hat in the ring.
“There are no fewer than 16 candidates on the ballot in Rohrabacher’s 48th district, including a formidable Republican challenger, former state assemblyman and county GOP chairman Scott Baugh. That means there’s a good chance that two Republicans will garner the most votes and advance,” writes Bloomberg.
The DCCC has spent $1 million opposing Republican candidate Scott Baugh in the 48th District.
“When you have top-two and a lot of candidates, it splits the vote and you end up with some surprising results,” said Fred Smoller, an associate professor of political science at Chapman University in California.
Six of the seventeen candidates running for Rep. Ed Royce’s (R-Calif.) seat, who is retiring, are Democrats.
The DCCC has also spent over $1 million in opposition spending against Rocky Chavez for Darrell Issa’s (R-Calif.) seat in the 49th District.
Then there’s George Soros, who has spent almost $3 million so far in a campaign to elect four Democratic district attornies in California.
“In fact, he and other wealthy liberal donors are pouring millions of dollars and liberal groups are offering support to would-be prosecutors who favor lower incarceration rates, crackdowns on police misconduct and changes in a bail system that they argue discriminates against the poor, the Los Angeles Times reported,” writes Fox News. “In San Diego County, a deputy public defender is being financially backed after fighting to keep the accused out of jail. In Sacramento and Alameda counties, candidates are challenging the incumbents. In Contra Costa County, a district attorney earned the support of the consortium of wealthy donors and liberal groups. Five more candidates in Marin, Riverside, San Bernardino, Stanislaus and Yolo counties are also getting donations, albeit much smaller ones, from some liberal donors.”
But the GOP is also investing some serious cash to save the House majority. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and other GOP leaders have invested $2.19 million to repeal California’s new state gas tax.
The tax has increased the price per gallon by almost 42 cents and Californians have to pay $25 to $300 annually depending on their vehicle’s value.
Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown signed the gas tax order claiming that the state needs the $5.2 billion it will generate to improve California’s infrastructure.
“Californians are taxed enough, especially at the pump,” said California GOP Rep. Mimi Walters. “Infrastructure improvements are critical to the future economic strength of our nation, but higher taxes are not the way to fund them, especially when government waste is so blatant.”
Christian evangelist Franklin Graham argues that California needs more Christians in government leadership positions to turn the blue state into a red one.
“Progressive? That’s just another word for godless. All of California is like a university town now,” said Graham.“But you are beginning to see a groundswell of revolt out here. Orange County, San Diego County, are beginning to take on Governor Brown. It’s good for Christians to capitalize on that. So yeah, we could help turn the tide.”
California wasn’t always a liberal state.
“California’s political evolution over the last four decades, from a mostly red state to a purple state and finally to a very blue state, corresponds to its powerful demographic trends, driven largely by equally powerful economic forces,” writes the Sacramento Bee.
“Those changes, plus California’s location on the Pacific Rim and adjacent to Mexico, spurred a massive influx of immigrants from other nations and a new baby boom that increased its population by more than 75 percent. Once overwhelmingly white, California became overwhelmingly nonwhite, with Latinos now the largest single ethnic group.”
Author’s note: Will Republicans be able to take California? It’s not likely considering the liberal control. But it’s all a matter of time as more California citizens get frustrated with the state’s mismanagement and recent ridiculous liberal rules.
Editor’s note: The real question is why so much concern given the recent confidence by Democrats of a shift in the balance of power in Congress. Could it be that some of their bravado is false bravado?