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Roundtable: Election 2018 Major Races

Roundtable: Election 2018 Major Races


Art Castañares, publisher, La Prensa San Diego

Jade Hindmon, reporter, KPBS News

Michael Smolens, columnist, The San Diego Union-Tribune

Alison St. John, reporter, KPBS News


Race For Governor

The real battle in the California gubernatorial primary is for second place. Businessman and Rancho Santa Fe resident John Cox drew more praise from President Donald Trump this week. Also in the mix are Republican State Assemblyman Travis Allen and Democratic former mayor of Los Angeles, Antonio Villaraigosa. Whoever emerges next week will likely challenge Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom in the general election.

RELATED: GOP Fears It Will Be Shut Out Of California Governor’s Race

House Of Representatives: 49th District

If Democrats regain control of the House of Representatives, they will need to flip districts like the 49th. Several strong candidates are in the race and none has emerged as a true frontrunner, opening the door for a smaller Republican field to claim the top two spots. If that happens, a congressional seat viewed as one of the most vulnerable in the nation will be held by the GOP.

RELATED: #ShowUsYourMailers: 49th Congressional District Campaigns Turn Negative

House Of Representatives: 50th District

Representative Duncan Hunter is running for re-election. This time around, he’s also facing a federal investigation into the alleged personal use of campaign funds. Despite the controversy, recent polling shows Hunter far ahead of his primary challengers including El Cajon Mayor Bill Wells and former staffer to President Barack Obama, Ammar Campa-Najjar. Many voters in the district say they are still undecided in this race.

RELATED: Voters In 50th Congressional District Seek Balance In A Representative

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