Representative Katie Porter (D-Calif.) Qualified for the second round in November in her candidacy for a second term after California held its multi-party primary on Tuesday.
The Associated Press predicted Porter would advance to the second round after 9 p.m. local time on the West Coast. Several Republicans were fighting for the other point of runoff in the state’s first two primary system.
Porter, a rising star among progressives, is running for re-election in a swing district of the Orange County area where Republicans consistently outnumber Democrats in voter registration.
She became the first Democrat to represent the district after her election in 2018. Porter has since drawn attention for her aggressive questioning of business executives and Trump administration officials from her seat on the financial services committee of the Bedroom.
Porter remains the only Democrat from a competitive district to have backed Sen. Elizabeth warrenElizabeth WarrenAmerica May End Poverty Among Her Elderly Citizens Senate GOP Says It Will Help Bail out Biden Fed Chairman Wrong recusal rules lock up valuable Pentagon leaders MORE (D-Mass.) In the Democratic presidential primary. Porter was Warren’s student at Harvard Law School and is now co-chair of his presidential campaign.
Prior to Porter’s election, the swing district had been represented by Republicans in the House but had oscillated between the two parties in the last three presidential elections. Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham Clinton Overnight Defense & National Security – Presented by Raytheon Technologies – The Nation Mourns Colin Powell won the suburban district in 2016, making it a prime target for Democrats in the midterm elections two years later.
The Cook Political Report currently classifies the race as “skinny Democrat.”