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The 2018 election is the most important midterm election in our lifetimes. It’s our chance to stop the Trump agenda and elect Democrats up and down the ballot. Which we think is a good idea because have you seen the news lately? Yikes.

We need to flip 23 seats to win back the House of Representatives. And eight of the most flippable districts are right where Crooked Media rests its little crooked hat, here in California.

JUNGLE PRIMARY: JUNE 5TH

California’s top-two primary system, also known as the jungle primary, allows the top two vote-getters in each race to advance to the general election, regardless of party. This means that wherever there’s a crowded field of Democratic candidates who are splitting up the vote, two Republicans could end up earning the most votes – which would shut out Democrats from even competing in the general election.

On Tuesday, June 5th, three very flippable Republican-held House districts in Orange County are facing this danger.

Not. Great.

Crooked is not going to make official endorsements. We don’t know the candidates, we don’t live in the districts, and we want all Friends of the Pod to decide for themselves. But we also want to provide all the information we have to help you make an educated choice that’ll ultimately help Democrats win these seats.

So if you’re a voter in California’s 39th, 48th, or 49th districts, here’s what you need to know based on all the information and polling that we’ve seen. And if you live in the 48th, you live where Democrats face the biggest threat! So choose wisely!

Voter Ballot Guide

California 39:


Location: Fullerton/Yorba Linda area


Rating: Toss-up (Clinton +8 in 2016)


Dems on ballot: 6

The Crook

The Dems Most Likely To Win

Ed Royce (Retiring)

Ed Royce (Retiring)

Gil Cisneros

Gil Cisneros

Bio: Navy veteran, ex-Republican, philanthropist.
Endorsements: Backed by DCCC, Serve America PAC, 14 Congressional Dems
Standing: Slightly ahead of both Republicans in the polls

Andy Thorburn

Andy Thorburn

Bio: Former teacher, workers' rights advocate, and businessman
Endorsements: Our Revolution, People for Bernie Sanders
Standing: Slightly behind Cisneros and the other Republicans at the top of the polls

California 48:


Location: Huntington Beach, Laguna Beach, Newport Beach


Rating: Toss-up (Clinton +2)


Dems on ballot: 5, though 3 have withdrawn so definitely don't vote for Laura Oatman, Michael Kotick, or Rachel Payne

The Crook

The Dems Most Likely To Win

Dana Rohrabacher

Dana Rohrabacher

Harley Rouda

Harley Rouda

Bio: Tech entrepreneur, grassroots favorite
Endorsements: Indivisible (local chapter and national), DCCC, Sierra Club, Progressive Democrats of America, 10 Congressional Dems, 2 other Dem candidates that have withdrawn
Standing: Slight lead in the polls

Hans Kierstead

Hans Kierstead

Bio: Stem cell researcher
Endorsements: California State Party, 2 Congressional Dems
Standing: Slightly behind

California 49:


Location: northern coastal areas of San Diego Country


Rating: Toss-up (Clinton +8)


Dems on ballot: 4

The Crook

The Dems Most Likely To Win

Darrell Issa (retiring)

Darrell Issa (retiring)

Mike Levin

Mike Levin

Bio: Environmental lawyer, former head of the Orange County Democratic Party.
Endorsements: Indivisible, Sierra Club, 53% of support from state delegates
Standing: Currently leading in the polls

Sara Jacobs

Sara Jacobs

Bio: Policy staffer on the Clinton campaign, would become the youngest woman elected to Congress at 29 years of age
Endorsements: EMILY's List, NARAL, and a few Dem Representatives
Standing: Gaining in the polls in the last month

Col. Doug Applegate

Col. Doug Applegate

Bio: Retired Marine, lost to Issa in 2016 by 1,600 votes
Endorsements: South Orange County Democratic Party, Justice Democrats
Standing: Began in the lead, but has trended downward in polls

LET'S DO THIS

Get your ass, and the asses of your friends and families, to the polls on June 5th.