California Congressional Primary Wrap Up
June 13, 2022
Last week, four vulnerable House Republicans appeared to have survived California’s Congressional primary. Unlike most states, California’s “jungle primary” means candidates who finish in the top two advance to November’s general election. In this primary system two candidates from the same party can run against each other in the general election. While we won’t know the full result of the California Primary until the election is certified on July 15, here are the results of four races that were most closely-watched:
- CA 22 – Rep. David Valadao (R) is on track to survive a challenge from the right. Despite voting to impeach Trump in 2021, the former president stayed out of Valadao’s primary race. Valadao will likely face State Assemblyman Rudy Salas (D) in the fall.
- CA 27 – Rep. Mike Garcia (R) is expected to run against Christy Smith (D) again this cycle. In 2020, Garcia defeated Smith in a special election to replace former Rep. Katie Hill (D) after she resigned.
- CA 40 – Rep. Young Kim (R) is anticipated to fend off a challenge from her right to face Dr. Asif Mahmood (D) in November. Unlike many Republicans in California, Kim was drawn into a safer Republican district in Orange County, but the district is mostly new territory for her.
- CA 45 – Rep. Michelle Steel (R) leads the field in the 45th district with 49.2% of the vote and is anticipated to face Democrat Jay Chen.
To view the full results of the California Primaries, click here.