Skip to comments.California race could make or break Democrats
Posted on 12/27/2005 1:20:04 PM PST by ncountylee
The downfall of former Rep. Randy ''Duke'' Cunningham in a bribery scandal has cleared the way for a surprisingly competitive race for his San Diego County congressional seat, a contest that will test the strength of Democratic efforts to regain control of Congress.
In a poor political climate for the GOP, analysts say, a suburban coastal district of California -- even one that leans as Republican as Cunningham's -- is just the kind that could prove the leading edge of a potential national tide against the party.
Yet Democratic candidate Francine Busby faces a steep uphill battle, thanks to a California congressional map drawn to protect incumbents of both major parties. The district was shaped to strongly favor a Republican, so it would take a major political shift for voters there to put a Democrat in Congress.
And therein lies the trouble for Democrats trying to expand their hold on California's congressional delegation -- and win back control of the House.
The bipartisan gerrymander of the state's congressional districts after the 2000 Census all but wiped out competition between the two parties. As a result, none of the state's 33 Democrats in the House faces any viable threat next year from the GOP, strategists say, and two of the 20 Republican incumbents seem to stand even a slim chance of trouble in November: Reps. Richard W. Pombo of Tracy and, to a lesser extent, David Dreier of San Dimas.
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Randy "Top Bidder" Cunningham was a made man with a safe seat.