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The new 26th district got more complicated when Ventura County Supervisor Linda Parks, a registered Republican, filed to run as an Independent. With just one Republican and at least three Democrats in the race, there is a possibility that the Democratic vote splinters, allowing Parks and state Sen. Tony Strickland (R) to advance beyond the jungle primary.
Seven California incumbents are retiring or running for another office, and redistricting forced two Democratic Member-vs.-Member races, meaning at least two more incumbents won’t be back in 2013. It’s all part of a new competitive landscape in the state that has already made the 2012 cycle more interesting than the last five combined.