Justin Fareed

Democrat Salud Carbajal Elected in California's 24th District
Carbajal replaces Democratic Rep. Lois Capps

Democrat Salud Carbajal is elected in California’s 24th District, replacing Democratic Rep. Lois Capps.

Democrat Salud Carbajal will defeat Republican Justin Fareed in California’s 24th District, The Associated Press projects. 

Carbajal led Fareed 55 percent to 45 percent with 67 percent of precincts reporting.

Rating Change: California House Seat Not So Safe for Democrats
Millennial Republican making his move in retiring Rep. Lois Capps’ open seat

Justin Fareed represents a rare opportunity for Republicans to win a Democratic House seat in California. (Meredith Dake/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Any time there is a discussion about Republicans taking over a House seat in California, I’m skeptical. That’s a reasonable reaction considering Republicans haven’t taken over a Democratic seat in the Golden State since Bill Clinton was president. But that streak could end this year.

Even though Donald Trump is complicating GOP efforts in House and Senate races across the country, Republicans have two takeover opportunities in California.

Opposition Research Comes Out of the Shadows
Catalog of embarrassing info says running back 'did not play a single game'

Democrats posted all 535 pages of opposition research it had gathered on Virginia Republican Rep. Barbara Comstock. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

If Republican Barbara Comstock ever wonders what attacks are coming her way later this year, the Virginia congresswoman can read the entire 535-page opposition research book on her life, which Democrats posted online.  

Strategists at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee did not publish the document by accident. It’s just one example of how both parties publicly share information in order to avoid illegal coordination with outside groups and running afoul of campaign finance laws.  

‘14 Losers Looking for Second Chance in ‘16
A dozen House candidates hoping to turn narrow losses into future victories

Illinois Democrat Brad Schneider is running against Rep. Robert Dold to reclaim his old seat. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

In sports and in politics, losing by a little can be harder than losing by a lot. At least a dozen 2016 candidates are hoping that their close calls in 2014 were more than a mirage of a missed opportunity.  

California Republican Paul Chabot could barely get national GOP strategists to acknowledge his existence last cycle when he lost to Democrat Pete Aguilar, 52-48 percent, in the 31st District open-seat race.