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We need to flip 23 seats to win back the House of Representatives. Seven of the most flippable districts are right here in California, but we expanded it our focus to include Devin Nunes because fuck that guy.

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CA-10

Not This One

Congressman Jeff Denham

  • Spent 4 terms in office continually voting to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which would’ve left 51,000 of his voters without health insurance
  • Voted for the GOP tax bill that will result in a tax hike for middle class families and a tax cut for himself
  • Refused to support immigration reform on the House floor, despite claiming to be for it

This One

Josh Harder

  • First-time candidate, longtime tech entrepreneur and teacher at community college
  • Committed to protecting DREAMers and access to health care
  • Endorsed by: California Teachers Association, Brady Campaign, Moms Demand Action, California Labor Federation

About This Race

After many attempts by Democrats, Harder has a good chance of finally kicking Denham out of a seat that Clinton won, and Denham only held onto by 3 points.


CA-21

Not This One

Congressman David Valadao

Congressman David Valadao

  • Spent three terms in office continually voting to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which would’ve left 60,000 of his voters without health insurance
  • Voted to cut support for food stamps while representing one of the poorest districts in California
  • Had his farm seized for $8 million in unpaid loans, even though he took advantage of $500,000 in federal farm subsidies

This One

TJ Cox

TJ Cox

  • An engineer, agricultural entrepreneur, and small business owner
  • Raised $65 million to invest in projects that have resulted in 1500 new jobs
  • Directs investments to many community health clinics throughout the district
  • Endorsed by: Equality California, Giffords Courage to Fight Gun Violence, End Citizens United

About This Race

Democrats have a good shot here. Registered Democrats vastly outnumber registered Republicans in the district and Clinton won this district by 15 points.


CA-22

Not This One

Congressman Devin Nunes

Congressman Devin Nunes

  • Spent eight terms in office being the dumbest member of Congress
  • Used his position as the House Intelligence Committee to try and thwart the Russia investigation and protect Trump at all costs -- but in a dumb way
  • Repeatedly voted to strip health insurance from 55,000 of his constituents because that’s what a dumb person would do

This One

Andrew Janz

Andrew Janz

  • First-time candidate and deputy district attorney in Fresno County
  • Focused on reducing the cost of higher education in California
  • Endorsed by: End Citizens United, California Labor Federation, California Teachers Association, Equality California

About This Race

Flipping this district will be the toughest out of all eight races, but Janz presents the best chance and is one of Nunes's first real challengers.


CA-25

Not This One

Congressman Stephen Knight

Congressman Stephen Knight

  • Strongly opposes marriage equality and has led efforts to discriminate against the LGBTQ community
  • Spent two terms in office continually voting to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which would have left 46,000 of his constituents without health care coverage
  • Has voted with Trump 99% of the time, which you know, cool

This One

Katie Hill

Katie Hill

  • Ran a non-profit, People Assisting the Homeless, and led efforts to pass a ballot measure that raised billions to fund permanent supportive housing for homeless people in Los Angeles
  • An openly bisexual candidate who is dedicated to fighting for the LGBTQ Community
  • Endorsed by: EMILY’s List, NARAL, Planned Parenthood, Victory Fund, American Nurses Association

About This Race

Knight is vulnerable, politically not emotionally. Fifty-six percent of voters are disinclined to vote for him again. The district supported Democratic presidential candidates in 2008 and 2016. Democratic voters (37.7%) also outnumber Republican (34.3%) voters. Clinton won this district by 7 points.


CA-39

Not This One

Young Kim

Young Kim

  • Worked for Royce for more than two decades, is a Trump supporter, which contributed to her reelection loss for the state house in 2016
  • Joined in efforts to do away with California’s “sanctuary state” status
  • Now attempting to distance herself from Trump after recognizing his unpopularity

This One

Gil Cisneros

Gil Cisneros

  • A Navy veteran and education advocate who runs a foundation committed to strengthening public schools and creating college opportunities for students and veterans
  • Wants to protect health care and DACA, and also pass immigration reform
  • Endorsed by: Giffords Courage to Fight Gun Violence, End Citizens United, California Labor Federation, United Steelworkers, Latino Victory Fund

About This Race

Clinton won this district by 8.5 points and Trump is unpopular in the area. Royce’s decision to retire was influenced by the likelihood that he would lose his reelection.


CA-45

Not This One

Congresswoman Mimi Walters

Congresswoman Mimi Walters

  • Spent two terms in office continually voting to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which would’ve left 35,000 of her voters without health insurance
  • One of the top recipients of money from gun groups and opposes reforms to U.S gun laws

This One

Katie Porter

Katie Porter

  • Single mother of three, domestic abuse survivor, and professor at UC Irvine Law School
  • Focused on ensuring consumers are treated fairly by banks after studying predatory and fraudulent practices by the banking industry
  • Supports Medicaid for all and is pro-choice
  • Endorsed by: Moms Demand Action, EMILY’s List, End Citizens United, Our Revolution-Long Beach

About This Race

Republicans have a registration advantage over Democrats, but “no preference” voters make up enough of the electorate to overcome that advantage. This district is considered a toss-up and Clinton won it by 5 points.


CA-48

Not This One

Congressman Dana Rohrabacher

Congressman Dana Rohrabacher

  • One of Trump’s biggest fans and a Russia apologist, earning him the nickname “Putin’s favorite Congressman”
  • Advocated for arming kindergartners and young children with guns in an interview with Sascha Baron Cohen
  • Believes homeowners should be allowed to discriminate against members of the LGBTQ community
  • Spent 15 terms in Congress and continually voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act, threatening health care for 41,000 of his constituents
  • Doesn’t believe he is vulnerable because, in his words, the votes that led to Clinton’s victory in his district will not translate into anything for this election
  • Clearly is an arrogant a-hole

This One

Harley Rouda

Harley Rouda

  • Works as a technology entrepreneur, businessman, and attorney
  • Devotes time to fighting homelessness, domestic violence, and human rights violations
  • Running to ensure access to education for all and to help drive economic development
  • Endorsed by: Sierra Club, Equality California, Individisible, End Citizens United, California Labor Federation

About This Race

Rohrabacher is considered one of the most vulnerable Republicans up this cycle, despite Republicans having a 10-percentage point voter-registration advantage over Democrats. With Clinton’s victory in this district and Rohrabacher only securing 30 percent of the primary votes, this is a strong pickup opportunity for Democrats.


CA-49

Not This One

Diane Harkey

Diane Harkey

  • Former state legislator who received Issa’s blessing to run
  • Believes House leadership should impose an 8pm curfew on House members to ensure they don’t get into too much trouble partying and staying out late, which honestly is a pretty good idea (looking at you, Duncan Hunter)
  • Was accused of using her position on California’s tax collection board agency for political benefit, which resulted in the board being stripped of its authority. Cool cool cool

This One

Michael Levin

Michael Levin

  • An environmental lawyer
  • Has over a decade of experience in the clean energy industry, serving on the board of the Center for Sustainable Energy and co-founding Sustain OC in Orange County
  • Supports Medicaid for all, gun-control, women’s right to choose, and raising the minimum wage to $15/hour
  • Endorsed by: California Teachers Association, National Association of Women

About This Race

This district is considered a prime pick up opportunity. Darrell Issa only won this race by 1,621 votes in 2016. Clinton won by 8 points. Additionally, Democrats made up more than 50% of the votes cast in the primary election.


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