Former Rep. Doug Ose to seek Democrat’s congressional seat
In 2012, Bera defeated longtime Rep. Dan Lungren (R-Gold River) for the district in the suburbs east of Sacramento, and Republicans believe they can take back the seat this time.
Voter registration is nearly evenly divided between Democrats (39%) and Republicans (37%), with 19% of voters unaffiliated with a political party, according to the secretary of state.
Autism activist Elizabeth Emken, who ran unsuccessfully against U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein last year, was the first Republican to get into the race against Bera. She lost to Feinstein in the 7th Congressional District 53% to 47% but was defeated by a wider margin statewide.