By ELLIOT SPAGAT - Associated Press - Saturday, October 8, 2016
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Republican Donald Trump’s presidential campaign plays large in a number of California’s most competitive congressional campaigns.
Democrats already hold a 39-14 advantage in the nation’s largest congressional delegation and they are looking to add to it in November by hammering any GOP candidate who doesn’t reject Trump.
With polls showing Hillary Clinton comfortably ahead of Trump in California and the state’s U.S. Senate race featuring two Democrats, there is less reason for Republicans to turn out and that could hurt down-ticket candidates.
GOP STAR IN TROUBLE?
In the 49th District north of San Diego, Republican Darrell Issa cruised to re-election seven times against little-known opponents, including a 21-point victory in 2014. Democrat Doug Applegate, a former Marine colonel seeking elected office for the first time, surprised almost everyone in the June “top-two” primary when he came within 5 percentage points of Issa to advance to November’s runoff.