Democratic Congresswoman Katie Porter had 57% of the more than 71,400 votes counted so far in the Tuesday primary election – a big lead over Republican challenger Scott Baugh, who had 27% of the vote, according to initial returns in the 47th Congressional District.
Meanwhile, Democrat Congressional candidate Asif Mahmood had 45% of the 73,300 votes cast so far for the 40th District seat. That’s a 12% lead over Republican incumbent Young Kim, who had 33% of the vote.
Congressman Mike Levin far outpaced other candidates in the 49th District at 54% of the 95,400 votes counted so far. His lead over Republican challenger Bryan Maryott narrowed a few percentage points over Tuesday night.
Maryott was the next highest vote-getter, at 17%.
Democratic congressional candidate Jay Chen had 46% of the 55,600 votes counted so far in the 45th District, leading the seat’s Republican incumbent Michelle Steel by a narrow 2 percentage points.
Longtime 46th District Congressman Lou Correa sat at 52% of the 32,300 votes counted so far, followed by Democratic challenger Mike Ortega at 11%.
Finally, Democratic Congresswoman Linda Sánchez had a wide lead over Republican challenger Eric Ching in the 38th District by nearly 35% of the more than 37,750 votes counted so far.
The two top vote-getters in the primary will enter a runoff election against each other in November.
In the 47th District, Katie Porter’s running this year with one of the largest campaign war chests in Congress against several Republican challengers seeking her seat, in a district with a slim Democrat advantage in voter registration of 1%.
Scott Baugh, a former State Assemblyman who picked up the endorsement of the county Republican Party, documentarian Errol Webber, businesswoman Amy Phan West, and small business owner Brian Burley are all running for the seat.
Young Kim, the 40th District congressional incumbent, is running in a new district this year against two other Republicans – Greg Raths, the Mission Viejo City Councilman, as well as junk hauler Nick Taurus – and one Democrat, pulmonologist physician Dr. Asif Mahmood.
The demographics of the new 40th district narrowly favor Republicans, who have a 5% registration advantage over Democrats, but nearly one in four of the district’s voters have no registered party affiliation.
Levin’s facing a variety of Republican challengers for his seat, including county Supervisor Lisa Bartlett, Oceanside City Councilman Christopher Rodriguez, sheriff deputy Josiah O’Neil, cybersecurity manager Renee Taylor, and San Juan Capistrano City Councilman Bryan Maryott.
Maryott picked up the endorsement of the county Republican Party.
In the heavily Democratic 48th District, Linda Sánchez, the incumbent, faces off against two Republicans: Eric Ching, the Mayor of Walnut, and Ion ‘John’ Sarega, a pastor and business owner.
The district covers parts of both Los Angeles and Orange County including La Palma.
Ching is endorsed by the Republican Party.
Michelle Steel, the Republican incumbent of the newly-drawn 45th District, hopes to stay in an office that represents most of the Orange County coastline, and faces off against fellow Republican Long K. Pham – a nuclear engineer – and Democrat Jay Chen, a lieutenant commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve.
Steel was first elected to Congress in 2020, beating out Democrat Harley Rouda, but in the new district, Democrats have a slim registration advantage of 5%, and just over one in four of the district’s voters have no party preference.
Democrat Lou Correa is running for reelection in a strongly Democratic district representing Anaheim, Santa Ana, and parts of Orange.
He’s fighting to stave off a slew of Republican challengers including attorney Christopher Gonzales, former Orange County Board of Education trustee Felix Rocha Jr. and businessman Mike Nguyen.
In addition to his Republican challengers, Correa is also facing a challenge from fellow Democrat Mike Ortega, a biomedical engineer, and Ed Rushman, a technical project manager with no party affiliation.
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