National Democrats Set Their Sights on Southern California

As County News reported in November, Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton made impressive gains in traditionally red Orange County and other right-leaning enclaves of Southern California in 2016. Now, Democrats hoping to turn the tide in the Midterm elections next year are putting those SoCal districts in the crosshairs.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is aiming to defeat seven California Republicans who represent congressional districts where Hillary Clinton beat President Donald Trump — including a cluster of seats in Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego counties.

The committee will send staffers in charge of overseeing House races in California, Nevada, Oregon and Washington to work out of an Irvine office in an effort to make inroads in Republican strongholds that have traditionally been sure bets for the GOP...

The DCCC’s political director for the western United States will be located in the Irvine office along with staffers tasked with helping campaigns raise money, research candidates and coordinate digital operations. They will also organize volunteers and workers in the field. DCCC spokesman Tyler Law said the committee hasn’t had a full-time senior staffer stationed out west since the 2000 election cycle.

The targets include Dana Rohrabacher (R-Costa Mesa), Mimi Walters (R-Irvine), Darrell Issa (R-Vista), Steve Knight (R-Palmdale), and Ed Royce (R-Fullerton). Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) and David Valadao (R-Hanford) are also vulnerable, having seen their districts go for Clinton in 2016.


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