Hot California congressional races to watch in the primary

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Portraits of Doctor Kermit Jones, Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones, and Rep. Kevin Kiley.

Physician Kermit Jones, left, Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones, and Rep. Kevin Kiley.

(AP; Getty; Fresno Bee)

This congressional district, which includes some of the state’s most scenic overlooks like the Sierras and South Lake Tahoe, is an open seat because GOP Rep. Tom McClintock chose to run in a nearby county that has more registered Republicans .

Still, Republicans have a 5-point voter advantage in this newly drawn district, which includes Placer, Nevada, Mono, Sierra, Inyo, Plumas, and Alpine counties, as well as portions of Yuba, Sacramento, and El Dorado counties.

Rep. Kevin Kiley, who ran unsuccessfully to impeach the governor last year and was backed by Trump and the state GOP, and Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones are the more prominent Republicans seeking the seat.

The Republican, who finishes in the top two, is expected to face Kermit Jones, a doctor and attorney who has been endorsed by the state’s Democratic Party.

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Portraits of David Giglio, Adam Gray, Phil Arballo and John Duarte

Clockwise from top left: David Giglio, Adam Gray, Phil Arballo and John Duarte

Two incumbent Democratic congressmen chose not to run in that district, creating an open seat in the Central Valley that includes all of Merced County and portions of Fresno, Madera, San Joaquin, and Stanislaus counties.

Democrats have a 14-point lead in the district, and voting-age Latinos make up just over 50% of the population.

The four candidates who raised the most money in the race are Democrat Phil Arballo, who unsuccessfully ran against the then-Rep. Devin Nunes in 2020 and Rep. Adam Gray, who won support from the state Democratic Party, and Republican businessmen David Giglio and John Duarte.

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Portraits of Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia, Rep. Cristina Garcia, and Republican John Briscoe.

Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia, left, Rep. Cristina Garcia and Republican John Briscoe.

Robert Garcia, the mayor of Long Beach, and Cristina Garcia, a congressman, are the leading Democrats running to represent this new, predominantly Democratic, Latino-majority district stretching from the cities of southeast LA down to Long Beach stretches.

It was created by the state’s New District Commission when California lost a congressional seat for the first time in its history. It combined portions of districts represented by two veteran congressmen, both of whom announced in December that they would be retiring at the end of their terms.

The two Garcias are Gen Xers, the children of immigrants and at the center of national attention for their work – Robert for the pandemic and Cristina for the #MeToo movement. Both are unabashedly liberal and fit into a district where Democrats have a 38-point lead over Republicans in voter registration.

Robert Garcia, who hails from the more affluent part of the district, has a significant advantage in assisting and fundraising. He and his allies appear to be targeting Republican John Briscoe, a little-known permanent candidate who is a trustee of the Ocean View School District and a real estate agent. One of Robert Garcia’s first TV spots highlighted Briscoe’s ties to Trump, a move political pundits say is an attempt to raise the profile of his weakest rival. If Briscoe finishes in the top two in June, given the precinct’s deep blue slope, that race is over.

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Portraits of Senator Sydney Kamlager and former Los Angeles City Councilwoman Jan Perry.

State Senator Sydney Kamlager, left, and former Los Angeles City Councilwoman Jan Perry.

Rep. Karen Bass, one of California’s three black congressmen, decided to run for mayor of Los Angeles rather than seek re-election.

Seven candidates are vying to replace Bass, including Senator Sydney Kamlager and former Los Angeles City Councilwoman Jan Perry. Kamlager won the support of Bass as well as other prominent House Democrats including Rep. Adam B. Schiff. Perry was backed by Rep. Maxine Waters, a black politics powerhouse in Los Angeles.

The borough, which includes South Los Angeles, Leimert Park, Ladera Heights, and part of Culver City, is solid blue. Democrats have a 59-point lead over Republicans in voter registration, and the district is expected to remain represented by a black politician. Hot California congressional races to watch in the primary

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