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CALIFORNIA

californiaPopulation: 39,144,818 (2015)

Filing deadline: March 11, 2016.

Primary: June 7, 2016.

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California (D+9) was once swingy, even Republican, but has turned left with the influx of Hispanics and the growth of traditionally liberal high-tech and environmental industries. Many of the Congressional districts were radically changed in the re-apportionment in 2011, which was done by an independent commission. As of 2010, California is 44% White, 33% Hispanic, 14% Asian and 6% Black.

FEDERAL LEVEL

Electors: 55. Since 1992, California has been a reliably Democratic state in Presidential elections.

Sena­tors: 2 Democrats.

Dianne Feinstein. (Pic: Congress)

Dianne Feinstein. (Pic: Congress)

Senator class 1: Dianne Fein­stein (D)
Committees: Intelligence (Ranking), Rules, Appropriations, Judiciary.

Democratic nominee: Dianne Fein­stein
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, May 15, 2016:
Safe Dem in 2018.

Status, May 15, 2016:
Dianne Fein­stein (b.1933) is a former Mayor of San Francisco, and has been in the Senate since winning a special election in 1992.

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Barbara Boxer. (Pic: Congress)

Barbara Boxer. (Pic: Congress)

Senator class 3: Bar­bara Boxer (D)
Committees: Environment (Ranking), Ethics (Ranking), Foreign Relations.

Democratic nomineeKamala Harris
Democratic nominee: Loretta Sanchez

Rating, May 15, 2016:
Safe Dem in 2016.

Status, June 13, 2016:
Journalist and County Supervisor Bar­bara Boxer (b.1940) served five terms in the House before her election to the Senate in 1992. Due to California’s Top Two voting system, two Dems will proceed to November; State Attorney General Kamala Harris and Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez.

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Representatives: 53 Representatives; 39 Democrats and 14 Republicans. In Cali­fornia, all candidates, regardless of affiliation, run on the same ballot in June and the top two proceed to November.

Doug LaMalfa. (Pic: Congress)

Doug LaMalfa. (Pic: Congress)

District 1
Representative: Doug LaMalfa (R)
Committees: Agriculture, Natural Resources.

Democratic nomineeJim Reed
Republican nominee: Doug LaMalfa

Rating, May 15, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2016.

Status, June 13, 2016:
The district (R+10) cover the northeastern parts of the state, including Redding and Yreka and the Mt Shasta-region. It is 80% White and 10% Hispanic. Rice farmer and State Senator Doug LaMalfa (b.1960) was first elected in 2012. He took 61% in 2014. Democrat and lawyer Jim Reed took second place.

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Jared Huffman. (Pic: Congress)

Jared Huffman. (Pic: Congress)

District 2
Representative: Jared Huffman (D)
Committees: Natural Resources, Transportation.

Democratic nominee: Jared Huffman
Republican nomineeDale Mensing

Rating, May 15, 2016:
Safe Dem in 2016.

Status, June 13, 2016:
The district (D+20) covers the northern coastal regions, from the Golden Gate bridge to the Oregon border. It is 75% White and 15% Hispanic. Lawyer and State Representative Jared Huffman (b.1964) was first elected in 2012 and took 75% in 2014%. Second place went to veteran and Republican Dale Mensing.

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John Garamendi. (Pic: Congress)

John Garamendi. (Pic: Congress)

District 3
Representative: John Garamendi (D)
Committees: Armed Forces, Transportation.

Democratic nominee: John Gara­mendi
Republican nomineeEugene Cleek

Rating, June 13, 2016:
Safe Dem in 2016.

Status, June 13, 2016:
The district (D+3) covers the areas north and west of Sacramento and is 55% White, 25% Hispanic and 10% Asian. Former Insurance Supervisor and Lieutenant Governor John Garamendi (b.1945) first won election in 2009 and was re-elected with 53% in 2014. He is facing a GOP challenge from surgeon and farmer Eugene Cleek.

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Tom McClintock. (Pic: Congress)

Tom McClintock. (Pic: Congress)

District 4
Representative: Tom McClintock (R)
Committees: Budget, Natural Resources.

Democratic nomineeRobert Derlet
Republican nominee: Tom McClintock

Rating, May 15, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2016.

Status, June 13, 2016:
The district (R+10) covers much of the central areas of the state, including Yosemite, Lake Tahoe and Sierra Forest. It is 80% White and 10% Hispanic. Former State Representative Tom McClintock (b.1956) was first elected in 2008 and took 64% in 2014. The Dems are fielding physician and professor Robert Derlet.

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Mike Thompson. (Pic: Congress)

Mike Thompson. (Pic: Congress)

District 5
Representative: Mike Thompson (D)
Committees: Ways and Means.

Democratic nominee: Mike Thompson
Republican nominee: Carlos Santamaria

Rating, May 15, 2016:
Safe Dem in 2016.

Status, June 13, 2016:
The district (D+19) contains the famous wine district north of San Francisco. It is 60% White, 20% Hispanic and 10% Asian. Wine farmer and State Senator Mike Thompson (b.1951) was first elected in 1998 and took 76% in 2014. He is facing Republican energy consultant Carlos Santamaria in November.

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Doris Matsui. (Pic: Congress)

Doris Matsui. (Pic: Congress)

District 6
Representative: Doris Matsui (D)
Committees: Energy & Commerce.

Democratic nominee: Doris Matsui
Republican nomineeBob Evans

Rating, May 15, 2016:
Safe Dem in 2016.

Status, June 13, 2016:
The district (D+18) contains parts of Sacramento and is 40% White, 10% Black, 25% Hispanic and 15% Asian. Lobbyist Doris Matsui (b.1944) won a special election upon the death of her Congressman husband in 2005 and took 73% in 2014. She is facing GOP UFO-conspiracy nutcase Bob Evans in November.

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Ami Bera. (Pic: Congress)

Ami Bera. (Pic: Congress)

District 7
Representative: Ami Bera (D)
Committees: Foreign Affairs, Science.

Democratic nominee: Ami Bera
Republican nomineeScott Jones

Rating, May 15, 2016:
Leans Dem in 2016.

Status, May 15, 2016:
The district (R+0) contains parts of Sacramento and is 60% White, 7% Black, 15% Hispanic and 15% Asian. Physician Ami Bera took the seat from a Republican Congressman on the second attempt in 2012. He has had close elections ever since and got just over 50% in 2014. The GOP as recruited County Sheriff Scott Jones.

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Paul Cook. (Pic: Congress)

Paul Cook. (Pic: Congress)

District 8
Representative: Paul Cook (R)
Committees: Armed Forces, Foreign Affairs, Natural Resources.

Democratic nomineeRita Ramirez
Republican nominee: Paul Cook

Rating, May 15, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2016.

Status, June 13, 2016:
The district (R+10) runs from Mono Lake down to Joshua Tree National Park, and includes Death Valley. It is 56% White, 7% Black and 30% Hispanic. Teacher and State Representative Paul Cook (b.1943) won the district against another Republican in 2012 and took 68% in 2014. He is facing professor Rita Ramirez in November.

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Jerry McNerney. (Pic: Congress)

Jerry McNerney. (Pic: Congress)

District 9
Representative: Jerry McNerney (D)
Committees: Energy & Commerce, Veterans.

Democratic nominee: Jerry McNerney
Republican nomineeTony Amador

Rating, May 15, 2016:
Likely Dem in 2016.

Status, June 13, 2016:
The district (D+6) covers central areas, especially around Stockton, east of San Francisco. It is 43% White, 8% Black, 33% Hispanic and 14% Asian. Mathematician and engineer Jerry McNerney (b.1951) first won election in 2006 and took 52% in 2014 against former US Marshall Tony Amador, who is running again.

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Jeff Denham. (Pic: Congress)

Jeff Denham. (Pic: Congress)

District 10
Representative: Jeff Denham (R)
Committees: Agriculture, Transportation, Natural Resources.

Democratic nomineeMichael Eggman
Republican nominee: Jeff Denham

Rating, May 15, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2016.

Status, June 13, 2016:
The district (R+1) covers central areas around Modesto, to the south east of San Francisco. It is 50% White and 35% Hispanic. Veteran and State Senator Jeff Denham (b.1967) was first elected in 2010 and took 56% in 2014 against Democratic beekeeper Michael Eggman, who is running again.

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Mark DeSaulnier. (Pic: Congress)

Mark DeSaulnier. (Pic: Congress)

District 11
Representative: Mark DeSaulnier (D)
Committees: Education, Oversight.

Democratic nomineeMark DeSaulnier
Republican nominee: Roger Petersen

Rating, May 15, 2016:
Safe Dem in 2016.

Status, May 15, 2016:
The district (D+17) contains the suburbs north and east of San Francisco and is 50% White, 10% Black, 20% Hispanic and 15% Asian. Businessman and State Senator Mark DeSaulnier (b.1952) held the seat for the Dems with 67% in 2014. The GOP is running political consultant Roger Petersen. DeSaulnier has been diagnosed with a mild form of Leukemia, but is still running for re-election.

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Nancy Pelosi. (Pic: Congress)

Nancy Pelosi. (Pic: Congress)

District 12
Representative: Nancy Pelosi (D)
Committees: None.

Democratic nominee: Nancy Pelosi
Independent nominee: Preston Picus

Rating, May 15, 2016:
Safe Dem in 2016.

Status, Aug 31, 2016:
The district (D+34) lies inside San Francisco’s city limits and is 45% White, 15% Hispanic and 30% Asian. Minority Leader and former Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi (b.1940) was first elected in a special election in 1987 and took 83% in 2014. The other candidate is independent writer Preston Picus.

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Barbara Lee. (Pic: Congress)

Barbara Lee. (Pic: Congress)

District 13
Representative: Barbara Lee (D)
Committees: Appropriations, Budget.

Democratic nominee: Bar­bara Lee
Republican nominee: Suzanne Caro

Rating, May 15, 2016:
Safe Dem in 2016.

Status, May 15, 2016:
The district (D+37) covers coastal areas east of San Francisco Bay and is 37% White, 19% Black, 18% Hispanic and 22% Asian. State Senator Barbara Lee (b.1946) won a special election in 1998 and took 88% in 2014. She is facing retired real estate broker and GOP activist Suzanne Caro.

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Jackie Speier. (Pic: Congress)

Jackie Speier. (Pic: Congress)

District 14
Representative: Jackie Speier (D)
Committees: Armed Forces, Intelligence.

Democratic nominee: Jackie Speier
Republican nomineeAngel Cardenas

Rating, May 15, 2016:
Safe Dem in 2016.

Status, Aug 31, 2016:
The district (D+23) contains parts of San Francisco, plus southern suburbs. It is 40% White, 22% Hispanic and 32% Asian. Lawyer and State Senator Jackie Speier (b.1950) first won a special election in 2008 and took 77% in 2014. The GOP is running student Angel Cardenas.

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Eric Swalwell. (Pic: Congress)

Eric Swalwell. (Pic: Congress)

District 15
Representative: Eric Swalwell (D)
Committees: Science, Intelligence.

Democratic nominee: Eric Swal­well
Republican nomineeDanny Turner

Rating, May 15, 2016:
Safe Dem in 2016.

Status, May 15, 2016:
The district (D+16) covers areas west of San Jose, including parts of Silicon Valley. It is 40% White, 20% Hispanic and 30% Asian. Lawyer Eric Swalwell (b.1980) defeated an incumbent Demo­cra­t in 2012 and took 70% in 2014. The GOP is running businessman Danny Turner.

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Jim Costa. (Pic: Congress)

Jim Costa. (Pic: Congress)

District 16
Representative: Jim Costa (D)
Committees: Agriculture, Natural Resources.

Democratic nominee: Jim Costa
Republican nomineeJohnny Tacherra

Rating, June 13, 2016:
Likely Dem in 2016.

Status, May 15, 2016:
The district (D+7) covers southern, central parts of the state, including most of Fresno and Merced. It is 30% White and 50% Hispanic. Centrist farmer and State Senator Jim Costa (b.1952) was first elected in 2004, but only took 51% in 2014 against underfunded farmer Johnny Tacherra, who is running again.

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Mike Honda. (Pic: Congress)

Mike Honda. (Pic: Congress)

District 17
Representative: Mike Honda (D)
Committees: Appropriations.

Democratic nominee: Mike Honda
Democratic nomineeRo Khanna

Rating, May 15, 2016:
Safe Dem in 2016.

Status, June 13, 2016:
The district (D+20) contains the southern parts of San Francisco Bay, the northern parts of San Jose and much of Silicon Valley. It is 30% White, 15% Hispanic and 50% Asian. Teacher and State Representative Mike Honda (b.1941) was first elected in 2000. He took 52% against fellow Democrat and former US Commerce Dept. official Ro Khanna in 2014, and Khanna is running again.

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Anna Eshoo. (Pic: Congress)

Anna Eshoo. (Pic: Congress)

District 18
Representative: Anna Eshoo (D)
Committees: Energy & Commerce.

Democratic nominee: Anna Eshoo
Republican nominee: Richard Fox

Rating, May 15, 2016:
Safe Dem in 2016.

Status, May 15, 2016:
The district (D+18) covers southern suburbs of San Francisco. It is 60% White, 15% Hispanic and 20% Asian. County Supervisor Anna Eshoo (b.1942) was first elected in 1992 and took 68% in 2014. Physician and lawyer Richard Fox is running against her.

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Zoe Lofgren. (Pic: Congress)

Zoe Lofgren. (Pic: Congress)

District 19
Representative: Zoe Lof­gren (D)
Committees: Science, Administration, Judiciary.

Democratic nominee: Zoe Lof­gren
Republican nominee: Burt Lancaster

Rating, May 15, 2016:
Safe Dem in 2016.

Status, May 15, 2016: The district (D+19) covers most of San Jose and is 30% White, 37% Hispanic and 27% Asian. Lawyer and County Supervisor Zoe Lof­gren (b.1947) was first elected in 1994 and took 67% in 2014. She is facing GOP technology consultant Burt Lancaster.

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Sam Farr. (Pic: Congress)

Sam Farr. (Pic: Congress)

District 20
Representative: Sam Farr (D)
Committees: Appropriations.

Democratic nomineeJimmy Panetta
Republican nomineeCasey Lucius

Rating, May 15, 2016:
Safe Dem in 2016.

Status, May 15, 2016:
The district (D+20) covers the coastal areas south of San Francisco and is 45% White, 44% Hispanic and 6% Asian. State Representative Sam Farr (b.1941) won a special election in 1993 and took 75% in 2014, but is not running for re-election. The Democrats are running Assistant County Attorney Jimmy Panetta, who is the son of former Congressman, Presidential Chief of Staff and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta. The GOP is running Pacific Grove Councilwoman and professor Casey Lucius.

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David Valadao. (Pic: Congress)

David Valadao. (Pic: Congress)

District 21
Representative: David Valadao (R)
Committees: Appropriations.

Democratic nominee: Emilio Huerta
Republican nominee: David Valadao

Rating, May 15, 2016:
Likely GOP in 2016.

Status, Aug 31, 2016:
The district (D+2) covers southern, central parts, including Bakersfield. It is 25% White and 65% Hispanic. Dairy owner and State Representative David Valadao (b.1977) was first elected in 2012, and took 58% in 2014. The Democrats are fielding lawyer Emilio Huerta.

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Devin Nunes. (Pic: Congress)

Devin Nunes. (Pic: Congress)

District 22
Representative: Devin Nunes (R)
Committees: Intelligence (Chair), Ways and Means.

Democratic nominee: Louie Campos
Republican nominee: Devin Nunes

Rating, May 15, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2016.

Status, June 13, 2016:
The district (R+10) covers south central California, including Clovis and Tulare. It is 50% White and 40% Hispanic. Agriculture economist Devin Nunes (b.1973) was first elected in 2002 and took 72% in 2014. He is facing student Louie Campos in November.

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Kevin McCarthy. (Pic: Congress)

Kevin McCarthy. (Pic: Congress)

District 23
Representative: Kevin McCarthy (R)
Committees: None.

Democratic nomineeWendy Reed
Republican nominee: Kevin McCarthy

Rating, May 15, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2016.

Status, June 13, 2016:
The district (R+16) The district covers parts of Bakersfield and southern parts of Central Valley. It is 55% White and 30% Hispanic. State Representative Kevin McCarthy (b.1965) was first elected in 2006 and took 75% in 2014. He is currently the House Majority Leader. Running against him is non-profit executive Wendy Reed.

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Lois Capps. (Pic: Congress)

Lois Capps. (Pic: Congress)

District 24
Representative: Lois Capps (D)
Committees: Energy & Commerce.

Democratic nomineeSalud Carbajal
Republican nomineeJustin Fareed

Rating, May 15, 2016:
Leans Dem in 2016.

Status, Aug 31, 2016:
The district (D+4) follows the coast south of the 20th and contains all of Santa Barbara County. It is 62% White and 29% Hispanic. Teacher Lois Capps (b.1938) won a special election after the death of her Congressman husband in 1998 and took 52% in 2014. The crowded primary was won by Democratic Santa Barbara County Supervisor Salud Carbajal and GOP businessman and rancher Justin Fareed.

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Steve Knight. (Pic: Congress)

Steve Knight. (Pic: Congress)

District 25
Representative: Steve Knight (R)
Committees: Armed Forces, Science, Small Business.

Democratic nomineeBryan Caforio
Republican nomineeSteve Knight

Rating, May 15, 2016:
Leans GOP in 2016.

Status, June 13, 2016:
The district (R+3) lies in southern California and contains areas north and east of Los Angeles. It is 50% White, 30% Hispanic, 10% Black and 10% Asian. Police officer and State Senator Steve Knight (b.1966) defeated another Republican in 2014 with 53%. The Dems are running lawyer Bryan Caforio.

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Julia Brownley. (Pic: Congress)

Julia Brownley. (Pic: Congress)

District 26
Representative: Julia Brownley (D)
Committees: Transportation, Veterans.

Democratic nominee: Julia Brownley
Republican nomineeRafael Dagnesses

Rating, May 15, 2016:
Likely Dem in 2016.

Status, May 15, 2016:
The district (D+4) covers the coast south of the 24th, including Thousand Oaks. It is 50% White and 40% Hispanic. State Representative Julia Brownley (b.1952) won the seat in 2012 and took 51% in 2014. However, the GOP nominee this year, real estate broker Rafael Dagnesses does not seem to be of the same caliber as the two previous GOP nominees.

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Judy Chu. (Pic: Congress)

Judy Chu. (Pic: Congress)

District 27
Representative: Judy Chu (D)
Committees: Judiciary, Small Business.

Democratic nominee: Judy Chu
Republican nomineeJack Orswell

Rating, May 15, 2016:
Safe Dem in 2016.

Status, May 15, 2016:
The district (D+11) contains northern suburbs of Los Angeles and is 30% White, 25% Hispanic and 40% Asian. State Senator Judy Chu (b.1953) won a special election in 2009 and took 59% in 2014. The GOP is running private investigator Jack Orswell.

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Adam Schiff. (Pic: Congress)

Adam Schiff. (Pic: Congress)

District 28
Representative: Adam Schiff (D)
C
ommittees: Intelligence (Ranking).

Democratic nominee: Adam Schiff
Republican nominee: Lenore Solis

Rating, May 15, 2016:
Safe Dem in 2016.

Status, June 13, 2016:
The district (D+20) contains parts of central Los Angeles and some northern suburbs. It is 60% White and 25% Hispanic. Lawyer and State Senator Adam Schiff (b.1960) was first elected in 2000 and took 77% in 2014. He is facing tax preparer Lenore Solis in November.

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Tony Cardenas. (Pic: Congress)

Tony Cardenas. (Pic: Congress)

District 29
Representative: Tony Cardenas (D)
Committees: Energy & Commerce.

Democratic nominee: Tony Car­denas
Democratic nomineeRichard Alarcon

Rating, May 15, 2016:
Safe Dem in 2016.

Status, June 13, 2016:
The district (D+25) covers central and northern parts of Los Angeles and is 20% White and 65% Hispanic. LA City Councilman Tony Cardenas (b.1963) was first elected in 2012 and took 75% in 2014. Cardenas has Democratic opposition from State Senator Richard Alarcon.

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Brad Sherman. (Pic: Congress)

Brad Sherman. (Pic: Congress)

District 30
Representative: Brad Sherman (D)
Committees: Financial Services, Foreign Affairs.

Democratic nominee: Brad Sherman
Republican nomineeMark Reed

Rating, May 15, 2016:
Safe Dem in 2016.

Status, June 13, 2016:
The district (D+14) covers areas north and west of Los Angeles and is 55% White, 24% Hispanic and 12% Asian. Lawyer Brad Sherman (b.1954) was first elected in 1996 and took 66% in 2014. He is facing GOP businessman Mark Reed in November.

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Pete Aguilar. (Pic: Congress)

Pete Aguilar. (Pic: Congress)

District 31
Representative: Pete Aguilar (D)
Committees: Agriculture, Armed Forces.

Democratic nomineePete Aguilar
Republican nomineePaul Chabot

Rating, May 15, 2016:
Likely Dem in 2016.

Status, June 13, 2016:
The district covers part of San Bernardino County and is 34% White, 11% Black, 44% Hispanic and 8% Asian. Mayor Pete Aguilar (b.1979) won it in 2014 with 52% against businessman Paul Chabot, who is running again.

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Grace Napolitano. (Pic: Congress)

Grace Napolitano. (Pic: Congress)

District 32
Representative: Grace Napolitano (D)
Committees: Natural Resources, Transportation.

Democratic nominee: Grace Napo­li­tano
Democratic nominee: Roger Hernandez

Rating, May 15, 2016:
Safe Dem in 2016.

Status, Aug 31, 2016:
The district (D+13) contains eastern parts of Los Angeles and is 20% White, 60% Hispanic and 10% Asian. State Representative Grace Napolitano (b.1936) first won election in 1998 and took 60% in 2014. She is facing Democratic State Rep. Roger Hernandez in November, but he has been embroiled in some very nasty divorce proceedings and has stated that he won’t do any campaigning.

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Ted Lieu. (Pic: Congress)

Ted Lieu. (Pic: Congress)

District 33
Representative: Ted Lieu (D)
Committees: Budget, Oversight.

Democratic nomineeTed Lieu
Republican nomineeKenneth Wright

Rating, May 15, 2016:
Safe Dem in 2016.

Status, May 15, 2016:
The district (D+11) contains northwestern parts of Los Angeles, including Beverly Hills. It is 70% White, 10% Hispanic and 13% Asian. Lawyer, veteran and State Senator Ted Lieu (b.1969) held the seat with 59% in 2014. The Republican candidate is physician Kenneth Wright.

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Xavier Becerra. (Pic: Congress)

Xavier Becerra. (Pic: Congress)

District 34
Representative: Xavier Becerra (D)
Committees: Ways and Means.

Democratic nominee: Xavier Becerra
Democratic nomineeAdrienne Edwards

Rating, May 15, 2016:
Safe Dem in 2016.

Status, May 15, 2016:
The district (D+30) includes Chinatown and central parts of Los Angeles. It is 10% White, 60% Hispanic and 20% Asian. Lawyer Xavier Becerra (b.1958) has represented Downtown LA since 1993. He took 73% in 2014. Becerra is facing a challenge from Democratic activist Adrienne Edwards.

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Norma Torres. (Pic: Congress)

Norma Torres. (Pic: Congress)

District 35
Representative: Norma Torres (D)
Committees: Homeland Security, Natural Resources.

Democratic nomineeNorma Torres
Republican nomineeTyler Fischella

Rating, May 15, 2016:
Safe Dem in 2016.

Status, May 15, 2016:
The district (D+15) contains areas east of Los Angeles and is 20% White and 65% Hispanic. State Senator Norma Torres (b.1965) held the seat in 2014 with 63%. The GOP nominee is business consultant Tyler Fischella.

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Raul Ruiz. (Pic: Congress)

Raul Ruiz. (Pic: Congress)

District 36
Representative: Raul Ruiz (D)
Committees: Natural Resources, Veterans.

Democratic nominee: Raul Ruiz
Republican nomineeJeff Stone

Rating, May 15, 2016:
Likely Dem in 2016.

Status, June 13, 2016:
The district (R+1) covers southeastern parts of the state, including Joshua Tree NP and the cities Indio and Palm Springs. It is 50% White and 40% Hispanic. Physician Raul Ruiz (b.1972) took the seat from a GOP Congresswoman in 2012 and took 54% in 2014. The GOP is running State Senator Jeff Stone.

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Karen Bass. (Pic: Congress)

Karen Bass. (Pic: Congress)

District 37
Representative: Karen Bass (D)
Committees: Foreign Affairs, Judiciary.

Democratic nominee: Karen Bass
Democratic nominee: Christopher Wiggins

Rating, May 15, 2016:
Safe Dem in 2016.

Status, June 13, 2016:
The district (D+34) contains western parts of Los Angeles and is 27% White, 25% Black, 34% Hispanic and 11% Asian. Speaker of the State House, Karen Bass (b.1953) was first elected in 2010 and took 84% in 2014. She faces HR recruiter and fellow Democrat Christopher Wiggins in November.

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Linda Sanchez. (Pic: Congress)

Linda Sanchez. (Pic: Congress)

District 38
Representative: Linda Sanchez (D)
Committees: Ethics (Ranking), Ways and Means.

Democratic nominee: Linda San­chez
Republican nominee: Ryan Downing

Rating, May 15, 2016:
Safe Dem in 2016.

Status, May 15, 2016:
The district (D+12) contains parts of southeastern Los Angeles and is 22% White, 57% Hispanic and 16% Asian. Lawyer Linda Sanchez (b.1969) was first elected in 2002 and took 59% in 2014. She is the sister of Loretta Sanchez in district 46. Pastor Ryan Downing is running for the GOP.

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Ed Royce. (Pic: Congress)

Ed Royce. (Pic: Congress)

District 39
Representative: Ed Royce (R)
Committees: Foreign Affairs (Chair), Financial Services.

Democratic nomineeBrett Murdock
Republican nominee: Ed Royce

Rating, May 15, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2016.

Status, May 15, 2016:
The district (R+4) covers eastern suburbs of LA and parts of Orange County. It is 37% White, 30% Hispanic and 30% Asian. Businessman and State Senator Ed Royce (b.1951) was first elected in 1992 and took 69% in 2014. The Dems are running lawyer Brett Murdock.

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Lucille Roybal-Allard. (Pic: Congress)

Lucille Roybal-Allard. (Pic: Congress)

District 40
Representative: Lucille Roybal-Allard (D)
Committees: Appropriations.

Democratic nominee: Lucille Roybal-Allard
Independent nominee: Roman Gonzalez

Rating, May 15, 2016:
Safe Dem in 2016.

Status, Aug 31, 2016:
The district (D+29) covers areas of eastern Los Angeles and is 7% White and 84% Hispanic. State Representative Lucille Roybal-Allard (b.1941) first won here in 1992 and took 61% in 2014. Independent medical technician Roman Gonzalez is challenging her in November.

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Mark Takano. (Pic: Congress)

Mark Takano. (Pic: Congress)

District 41
Representative: Mark Takano (D)
Committees: Education, Veterans.

Democratic nominee: Mark Takano
Republican nominee: Doug Shepherd

Rating, May 15, 2016:
Safe Dem in 2016.

Status, June 13, 2016:
The district (D+9) contains eastern suburbs of Los Angeles, including Riverside. It is 30% White, 10% Black and 50% Hispanic. Teacher Mark Takano (b.1960) was first elected in 2012 and took 57% in 2014. He is facing GOP real estate broker Doug Shepherd in November.

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Ken Calvert. (Pic: Congress)

Ken Calvert. (Pic: Congress)

District 42
Representative: Ken Calvert (R)
Committees: Appropriations.

Democratic nomineeTim Sheridan
Republican nominee: Ken Cal­vert

Rating, May 15, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2016.

Status, May 15, 2016:
The district (R+9) contains southeastern suburbs of Los Angeles and is 50% White, 30% Hispanic and 10% Asian. Real estate manager Ken Calvert (b.1953) was first elected in 1993 and took 66% in 2014. The Dems are running lawyer Tim Sheridan.

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Maxine Waters. (Pic: Congress)

Maxine Waters. (Pic: Congress)

District 43
Representative: Maxine Waters (D)
Committees: Financial Services (Ranking).

Democratic nominee: Maxine Waters
Republican nomineeOmar Navarro

Rating, May 15, 2016:
Safe Dem in 2016.

Status, May 15, 2016:
The district (D+26) covers south central parts of Los Angeles and is 18% White, 24% Black, 42% Hispanic and 14% Asian. State Representative Maxine Waters (b.1938) was first elected in 1990 and took 71% in 2014. The GOP is running businessman Omar Navarro.

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Janice Hahn. (Pic: Congress)

Janice Hahn. (Pic: Congress)

District 44
Representative: Janice Hahn (D)
Committees: Small Business, Transportation.

Democratic nomineeNanette Barragan
Democratic nomineeIsadore Hall

Rating, May 15, 2016:
Safe Dem in 2016.

Status, June 13, 2016:
The district (D+32) covers southwestern parts of Los Angeles and is 9% White, 18% Black and 65% Hispanic. Teacher and LA Councilwoman Janice Hahn (b.1952) won a special election in 2011 and took 87% in 2014. She is not running again in 2016 and a crowded field was won by two Democrats; State Senator Isadore Hall, who is African American and Hermosa Beach Councilwoman and lawyer Nanette Barragan, who is Hispanic.

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Mimi Walters. (Pic: Congress)

Mimi Walters. (Pic: Congress)

District 45
Representative: Mimi Walters (R)
Committees: Judiciary, Transportation.

Democratic nomineeRon Varasteh
Republican nomineeMimi Walters

Rating, May 15, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2016.

Status, June 13, 2016:
The district (R+7) covers parts of Orange County and is 58% White, 16% Hispanic and 21% Asian. State Senator Mimi Walters (b.1962) held the seat for the GOP in 2014 with 65%. She is facing Democratic businessman Ron Varasteh in November.

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Loretta Sanchez. (Pic: Congress)

Loretta Sanchez. (Pic: Congress)

District 46
Representative: Loretta Sanchez (D)
Committees: Armed Forces, Homeland Security.

Democratic nomineeLou Correa
Democratic nomineeBao Nguyen

Rating, May 15, 2016:
Safe Dem in 2016.

Status, Aug 31, 2016:
The district (D+9) covers parts of Orange County, including Anaheim. It is 20% White, over 60% Hispanic and 15% Asian. Financial analyst Loretta Sanchez (b.1960) was first elected in 1996, when she beat an incumbent Republican. She took 60% in 2014, but is running for Senator this year. She is the sister of Linda Sanchez in district 38. Two Democrats, former State Senator Lou Correa and Garden Grove Mayor Bao Nguyen are facing off in November.

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Alan Lowenthal. (Pic: Congress)

Alan Lowenthal. (Pic: Congress)

District 47
Representative: Alan Lowenthal (D)
Committees: Foreign Affairs, Natural Resources.

Democratic nominee: Alan Low­enthal
Republican nomineeAndy Whallon

Rating, May 15, 2016:
Safe Dem in 2016.

Status, June 13, 2016:
The district (D+8) contains Long Beach and some of Orange County. It is 40% White, 30% Hispanic and 20% Asian. Professor Alan Lowenthal (b.1941) represented Long Beach in the State Legislature for years before winning this seat in 2012. He took 56% in 2014. The GOP is running engineer Andy Whallon.

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Dana Rohrabacher. (Pic: Congress)

Dana Rohrabacher. (Pic: Congress)

District 48
Representative: Dana Rohrabacher (R)
Committees: Foreign Affairs, Science.

Democratic nomineeSue Savary
Republican nominee: Dana Rohra­bacher

Rating, May 15, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2016.

Status, June 13, 2016:
The district (R+7) follows the coast south of Los Angeles and includes Huntington Beach. It is 60% White, 20% Hispanic and 20% Asian. Presidential speechwriter Dana Rohrabacher (b.1947) was first elected in 1988 and took 64% in 2014. The Dems are running former professor Sue Savary.

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Darrell Issa. (Pic: Congress)

Darrell Issa. (Pic: Congress)

District 49
Representative: Darrell Issa (R)
Committees: Foreign Affairs, Judiciary.

Democratic nomineeDouglas Applegate
Republican nominee: Dar­rell Issa

Rating, Aug 31, 2016:
Likely GOP in 2016.

Status, May 15, 2016:
The district (R+4) contains the coastal areas from the southern parts of Orange County down to San Diego. It is 65% White, 22% Hispanic and 8% Asian. Businessman Darrell Issa (b.1953) was first elected in 2000 and took 60% in 2014. Lawyer Douglas Applegate is running for the Democrats.

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Duncan Hunter. (Pic: Congress)

Duncan Hunter. (Pic: Congress)

District 50
Representative: Duncan Hunter (R)
Committees: Armed Forces, Education, Transportation.

Democratic nomineePatrick Malloy
Republican nominee: Duncan Hunter

Rating, May 15, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2016.

Status, June 13, 2016:
The district (R+13) covers areas east and north of San Diego and is 63% White and 26% Hispanic. Businessman and veteran Duncan Hunter (b.1976) took over this seat from his retiring father in the 2008 election and took 71% in 2014. The Dems are running real estate broker Patrick Malloy.

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Juan Vargas. (Pic: Congress)

Juan Vargas. (Pic: Congress)

District 51
Representative: Juan Vargas (D)
Committees: Financial Services, Administration.

Democratic nominee: Juan Vargas
Republican nomineeJuan Hidalgo

Rating, May 15, 2016:
Safe Dem in 2016.

Status, June 13, 2016:
The district (D+16) runs along the Mexican border all the way to Arizona, but expands in a northeasterly direction. It includes Chula Vista and El Centro. The district is 18% White and 64% Hispanic. Lawyer and State Senator Juan Vargas (b.1961) was first elected in 2012 and took 69% in 2014. He is facing GOP veteran Juan Hidalgo.

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Scott Peters. (Pic: Congress)

Scott Peters. (Pic: Congress)

District 52
Representative: Scott Peters (D)
Committees: Armed Forces, Judiciary.

Democratic nominee: Scott Peters
Republican nomineeDenise Gitsham

Rating, May 15, 2016:
Leans Dem in 2016.

Status, June 13, 2016:
The district (D+2) contains northern and western parts of San Diego. It is 65% White, 12% Hispanic and 18% Asian. Lawyer and Port Commissioner Scott Peters (b.1958) beat an incumbent Repub­lican in 2012 and held it with 52% in 2014. He is facing lawyer and former Karl Rove-advisor Denise Gitsham in November.

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Susan Davis. (Pic: Congress)

Susan Davis. (Pic: Congress)

District 53
Representative: Susan Davis (D)
Committees: Armed Forces, Education.

Democratic nominee: Susan Davis
Republican nominee: James Veltmeyer

Rating, May 15, 2016:
Safe Dem in 2016.

Status, Aug 31, 2016:
The district (D+10) contains central and eastern parts of San Diego County, including El Cajon. It is 50% White, 28% Hispanic and 14% Asian. State Representative Susan Davis (b.1944) was first elected in 2000 and took 59% in 2014. She is being challenged by GOP physician James Veltmeyer.

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STATE LEVEL

Jerry Brown. (Pic: State of CA)

Jerry Brown. (Pic: State of CA)

Governor: Jerry Brown (D)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, May 15, 2016:
Safe Dem in 2018.

Status, May 15, 2016:
Lawyer Jerry Brown (b.1938) served as Governor of California from 1975 until 1983 and was known as ‘Governor Moonbeam’ for his radicalism. He also ran for President in 1992. He showed himself to be a more moderate and responsible administrator when serving as the Mayor of Oakland from 1999 until 2007. He was elected State Attorney General in 2006 and Governor in 2010. He was re-elected with 60% in 2014 but is now term limited.

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Gavin Newsom. (Pic: State of CA)

Gavin Newsom. (Pic: State of CA)

Lieutenant Governor: Gavin Newsom (D)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, May 15, 2016:
Safe Dem in 2018.

Status, May 15, 2016:
The Lieutenant Governor is nominated and elected separately in California. Businessman and San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom (b.1967) was first elected in 2010 and took 57% in 2014. He is term limited.

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Alex Padilla. (Pic: State of CA)

Alex Padilla. (Pic: State of CA)

Secretary of State: Alex Padilla (D)

Democratic nomineeAlex Padilla
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, May 15, 2016:
Safe Dem in 2018.

Status, May 15, 2016:
Engineer, Los Angeles Councilman and State Senator Alex Padilla (b.1973) held the office with 54% in 2014.

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Betty Yee. (Pic: State of CA)

Betty Yee. (Pic: State of CA)

Con­troller: Betty Yee (D)

Democratic nomineeBetty Yee
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, May 15, 2016:
Safe Dem in 2018.

Status, May 15, 2016:
Political scientist Betty Yee (b.1957) was budget advisor to the State Legislature and then to the Governor before being appointed Tax Commissioner in 2004. She was elected Controller in 2014, with 54%.

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John Chiang. (Pic: State of CA)

John Chiang. (Pic: State of CA)

Treasurer: John Chiang (D)

Democratic nomineeJohn Chiang
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, May 15, 2016:
Safe Dem in 2018.

Status, May 15, 2016:
Lawyer John Chiang (b.1962) was a legal advisor to the IRS before being appointed Tax Commissioner in 1997. He served as Controller from 2007 to 2015 and was elected Treasurer in 2014, with 59%. Chiang has already declared his candidacy for Governor in 2018.

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Kamala Harris. (Pic: State of CA)

Kamala Harris. (Pic: State of CA)

Attorney General­: Kamala Harris (D)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, May 15, 2016:
Safe Dem in 2018.

Status, May 15, 2016:
Lawyer Kamala Harris (b.1964) was District Attorney for San Francisco when she was first elected in 2010 and took 57% in 2014. She is term limited in 2018, but running for Senate this year.

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Dave Jones. (Pic: State of CA)

Dave Jones. (Pic: State of CA)

Insurance Supervisor: Dave Jones (D)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, May 15, 2016:
Safe Dem in 2018.

Status, May 15, 2016:
Lawyer and State Representative Dave Jones (b.1962) was first elected in 2010 and took 58% in 2014. He is term limited.

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Tom Torlakson. (Pic: State of CA)

Tom Torlakson. (Pic: State of CA)

Superintendent of Public Instruction: Tom Tor­lakson (D)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, May 15, 2016:
Safe Dem in 2018.

Status, May 15, 2016:
This office is officially ‘non-partisan’, but for over 20 years the office holder has been someone with political experience. Teacher Tom Tor­lakson (b.1949) was a Democratic member of the State Legislature for years before he was first elected in 2010. He took 52% against another Democrat in 2014 and is now term limited.

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State Senate: 40 (25D / 14R / 1V). Term: 4 years. Half elected in 2016/18.
State House: 80 (52D / 28R). Term: 2 years. Elections in 2016.

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