The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) is targeting Democrat U.S. Representative Katie Porter (D-CA-45) for defeat.

Porter has served in the U.S. House of Representatives since January of 2019.

In the 2018 midterms, Porter won election by defeating former Republican U.S. House Representative Mimi Walters by 4.3 percent. In 2020, Port was reelected by a margin of seven percentage points.

Redistricting changed the number of the district that Porter runs for re-election in, but did nothing to change the partisan makeup. Prior to redistricting, Porter represented CA-45, a D+6 district as rated by Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight. After the redistricting process was completed Porter now runs for re-election for California’s 47th Congressional District, which has the identical partisan rating of D+6.

Porter supported both impeachments against former President Donald Trump. She is deputy chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus and was one of three co-chairs of Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)’s presidential campaign in 2020.

As of March 28, Porter voted reliably with the Biden administration. Her voting record shows that she has cast votes in line with the Biden agenda 98 percent of the time. Her one vote against the Biden administration was when she voted against granting a waiver which allowed Lloyd Austin to become Secretary of Defense.

FEC records show that Porter has a financial advantage over any opponent. She had raised $10,192,331.69 for the 2022 election cycle as of December 31, 2021 and has a war chest of $16,124,907.68 cash on hand. Her nearest opponent shows over $500,000 raised and roughly the same amount on hand.

The Cook Political Report gives the race for CA-47 a “Lean Democrat” rating.

California’s nonpartisan primaries are scheduled to take place on June 7. According to the California Secretary of State’s office website, “All California active registered voters will receive a vote-by-mail ballot for the June 7, 2022, Primary Election.”

In a process unique to only a few states, California does not hold partisan primaries. California has utilized a nonpartisan blanket primary for “voter-nominated” offices since 2010 in which every candidate regardless of the political party runs on the same ballot. The top two finishers then qualify for the general election. Under that system, it is possible for a scenario to occur where two candidates that belong to the same party run against each other in a general election.

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Aaron Gulbransen is a reporter at The Star News Network. Email tips to [email protected]. Follow Aaron on GETTRTwitter, and Parler.
Photo “Katie Porter” by U.S. House of Representatives. Background Photo “U.S. Capitol” by 10302144.