An­other GOP seat on the list

Los Angeles Times - - CALIFORNIA - CHRIS MEGERIAN chris.megerian @la­times.com

SACRA­MENTO — The Demo­cratic Con­gres­sional Cam­paign Com­mit­tee an­nounced Thurs­day that it’s adding North­ern Cal­i­for­nia’s Rep. Tom McClin­tock, a con­ser­va­tive Repub­li­can, to its list of tar­gets in next year’s midterm elec­tions.

The an­nounce­ment is a sign of in­creas­ing con­fi­dence af­ter Democrats won sweep­ing vic­to­ries in Vir­ginia and New Jer­sey ear­lier this week. The party is hop­ing for a wave of sup­port that could re­turn the House to Demo­cratic con­trol.

“In re­sponse to the in­cred­i­ble out­pour­ing of en­thu­si­asm and grass-roots sup­port we are see­ing across the coun­try, Democrats are build­ing an un­prece­dented bat­tle­field in Cal­i­for­nia ahead of the 2018 elec­tions,” Drew Go­dinich, a spokesman for the DCCC, said in a state­ment.

Beat­ing McClin­tock could prove dif­fi­cult, whether or not there’s a wave: He’s faced lit­tle Demo­cratic op­po­si­tion since win­ning his seat in 2008. His 4th Con­gres­sional District in­cludes some Sacra­mento sub­urbs, Lake Ta­hoe and Yosemite Na­tional Park. Repub­li­cans have a 15-point voter-reg­is­tra­tion ad­van­tage in the district, which Pres­i­dent Trump won by 16 points.

“To sug­gest the district is vul­ner­a­ble is fan­ci­ful,” said Jon Huey, McClin­tock’s cam­paign man­ager.

Three Democrats — Regina Bate­son, Roza Calderon and Jes­sica Morse — are run­ning to re­place McClin­tock.

Democrats were al­ready go­ing af­ter nine other Repub­li­can-held dis­tricts in Cal­i­for­nia be­fore Thurs­day’s an­nounce­ment. They need to flip at least a few of them in or­der to take back con­trol of the House.

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