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California 25th CD 2018 - (D) Win

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Post by Addie » Tue Jun 05, 2018 10:14 am

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California’s 25th Congressional District: a prime pickup opportunity for Democrats

Who is the Republican? Incumbent Rep. Stephen Knight, in office since 2015.

Who are the Democrats? Attorney Bryan Caforio and nonprofit policy advocate Katie Hill. Both are running competitive campaigns; Caforio (who challenged Knight in 2016) has locked up a lot of endorsements from labor and progressive groups, while Hill has the backing of Emily’s List, NARAL, Planned Parenthood, and a number of California’s Democratic Congress members. Caforio and Hill have both out-fundraised Knight so far.

What’s the story? This race hasn’t been nearly as dramatic as other California House primaries, but it’s still a key potential pickup for Democrats. Cook rates this district a toss-up, and Los Angeles County is growing more liberal (although parts of it are full of older, Republican voters who are likelier to turn out).

Knight is tasked with trying to separate himself from President Donald Trump, but he’s voted with Republicans to repeal Obamacare and pass massive GOP tax cuts, so that could be a tall order.
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Re: California 25th CD 2018; Top-2 Primary, June 5

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Post by Addie » Fri Jun 15, 2018 10:52 am

June 5 2018

Los Angeles Daily News
Katie Hill edges fellow Democrats in race to face Republican Steve Knight in key LA-area congressional race

Republican Rep. Steve Knight will face Democrat Katie Hill in the November election after Hill edged Democrat Bryan Caforio for second place Tuesday in a primary in a race that could be a key to the parties’ fight for control of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Knight, seeking his third term in California’s Santa Clarita-based 25th District, was expected to finish in the top two in the primary balloting and advance to the Nov. 6 general election.

That left Caforio, Hill, Jess Phoenix and Mary Pallant vying to be the second candidate on the November ballot and carry the hopes of Democrats seeking to take back one of the five districts in Southern California that chose Democrat Hillary Clinton for president even as it re-elected a Republican to Congress in 2016.

With all precincts reporting, Knight led with 52.8 percent of the vote to 20.2 percent for Hill and 18.3 percent for Caforio. Hill had a lead of almost 800 votes with some provisional and mail-in ballots left to be counted.

With Democrats outnumbering Republicans by 3.7 percentage points in the district that covers parts of the San Fernando, Santa Clarita, Simi and Antelope valleys, the race recently was rated a “tossup” between the parties by the Cook Political Report.
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Re: California 25th CD 2018; Top-2 Primary, June 5

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Post by Addie » Fri Jun 15, 2018 10:54 am

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Katie Hill Is a New Kind of California Democrat. Can She Help Flip the House? ...

If Knight’s ignorance was sincere—and clearly the crowd wasn’t buying it, at least not those sitting near in the vicinity of whoever posted video of the exchange online—it was the last possible moment that the posture would be remotely plausible. Katie Hill, who is thirty and a Democrat, had declared her run for Knight’s seat a few weeks earlier, on International Women’s Day, part of a wave of young women seeking elective office. (Margaret Talbot wrote about these candidates here in April.) Soon, with support from Emily’s List and endorsements from celebrities like Kristen Bell (“My girl Katie is running for Congress”), Hill was giving speeches at “retirement parties” for Knight and pushing out the hashtag #FlipItBlue. Hill and her staff—“the most millennial campaign ever”—were featured in a two-part documentary on Vice News Tonight on HBO. In the run-up to the primary, held last Tuesday, Hill outraised Knight. Now, having defeated the better-known Democrat, a former corporate lawyer named Bryan Caforio, she will face off against Knight on the November ballot. ...

“You don’t know you’re part of a movement, that you’re going to be part of a groundswell,” she said. “There’s a great deal of responsibility being part of the forefront of it. I’m in one of the front-line races. I’m young, I’m a woman, I’m L.G.B.T.Q. I’m one of the California seats that’s going to be getting tons and tons of attention and I’m a new face for politics. We’re providing an inside look into what politics looks like in this post-Trump moment.”

Hill, a centrist Democrat, flouts the old identity conventions of female political contenders. She is married to a man, Kenny Heslep, but identifies as bisexual. (Knight, who has voted for discriminatory measures against L.G.B.T.Q. people, is the son of the late state senator Pete Knight, who was the author of California’s same-sex marriage ban. Pete’s son David married his husband in San Francisco, in 2004, when the gubernatorial candidate Gavin Newsom, then the mayor of San Francisco, defied the ban.) The bio on Hill’s Web site says that she and her husband have kids—“but of course by kids we mean their baby goats!” One of her campaign videos shows her free-climbing a hundred-foot tall boulder in the Angeles National Forest.

Hill grew up in the Twenty-fifth. In addition to prosperous middle-class-dream towns, such as Simi Valley and Santa Clarita, the district includes much poorer and more desolate communities, such as Antelope Valley and Lancaster, windblown outposts at the edge of the Mojave that are home to prisons and to the world’s largest solar photovoltaic power plant. Hill, whose grandfather went to college on the G.I. Bill, earned a full scholarship to Princeton for his graduate work, and became a political-science professor at U.C.L.A., has lived in both worlds. Her mother is an emergency-room nurse; her father is a Beverly Hills police officer. Voting for his daughter was the first time he had ever supported a Democrat.

When Trump was elected, Hill was leading one of the region’s largest homeless-services providers, PATH (People Assisting the Homeless), commuting from the ranch to PATH’s headquarters, in Silver Lake, each day. She and her colleagues had spearheaded a ballot measure to raise more than a billion dollars to fund permanent supportive housing for the homeless in Los Angeles. (The homeless population in L.A. is now thirty-four thousand.) The measure, known as Proposition H.H.H., passed, in the 2016 election, but Hill despaired. “Passing H.H.H. was this incredible victory,” she told me. “But instead of being able to celebrate, we realized what it meant to have a Republican House and Senate and Donald Trump as President—that that could undermine every bit of hard work we’d accomplished.”
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Re: California 25th CD 2018; Top-2 Primary, June 5

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Post by Tiredretiredlawyer » Thu Oct 04, 2018 3:01 pm

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Republicans face big risks in contested California races as Democrats fight for control of the House

The demographic picture looks somewhat different in northern Los Angeles County, where Republican Rep. Steve Knight hopes to hold off a challenge from Katie Hill, the 31-year-old former executive director of PATH, a nonprofit organization that provides services to homeless people.

Hill has a slight edge, 50% to 46%, within the poll’s margin of error.

The district, which covers Simi Valley, Santa Clarita and the Palmdale area, has fewer college-educated white voters than the wealthy Orange County suburbs. But it has a higher share of minority voters.

Latinos make up a bit more than 1 in 5 of the district’s likely voters and support Hill by nearly 2 to 1, the poll found. Hill also benefits from a significant gender gap, with women backing her 53% to 44% over Knight, while men split almost evenly. Just over half of the voters have a strongly negative view of Trump.
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Re: California 25th CD 2018 - (D) Win

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Post by Addie » Wed Nov 07, 2018 4:56 pm

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GOP Congressman Steve Knight Concedes to Democrat Katie Hill in SoCal’s 25th District

GOP Rep. Steve Knight has conceded to Democrat Katie Hill the race for Southern California's 25th District.

There was no decision Tuesday night in the hotly-contested House race. It appeared Hill would hold on to her lead over the incumbent Knight Wednesday morning.

Knight conceded the race at 10:30 a.m. in a voicemail to Hill.

“I entered this race to serve our community and bring our voice and priorities to Washington,” Hill said in a news release Wednesday afternoon. “I look forward to working on behalf of everyone in this district to ensure we all have access to quality health care, housing we can afford, and a representative and transparent government which truly serves the people .”

Hill, 31, counted on a large turnout from her fellow millennial voters in order to win the seat in a district the Democrats haven't held since 1993.

Knight's loss was a major blow to Republicans, the Los Angeles Times reported, as the region's growing Latino and Asian American populations continue to shift the district to the left.

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Post by Tiredretiredlawyer » Wed Nov 07, 2018 5:20 pm

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Post by Addie » Fri Nov 09, 2018 10:42 pm

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The Latest: Democrat Katie Hill Defeats Rep. Steve Knight

Democrat Katie Hill has captured the last Republican-held U.S. House seat anchored in Los Angeles County, beating Rep. Steve Knight. ...


LOS ANGELES (AP) — Democrat Katie Hill has captured the last Republican-held U.S. House seat anchored in Los Angeles County.

Hill ousted Republican Rep. Steve Knight, who was seeking a third term in the 25th District that cuts through suburbs, horse ranches and high desert in northern Los Angeles County and a slice of Ventura County.

Knight conceded the race earlier this week. Hill maintained her election night lead after further vote counts were released Friday.

The victory will pad the Democratic advantage in the House next year.

A political newcomer, Hill has stressed her centrist politics. She's a gun owner and her Republican father is a police officer who had never voted for a Democrat before her primary. Her mother, a Democrat, is a nurse.

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