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California - 31st District

Incumbent -- Xavier Becerra (D) ; Running for re-election

Safe Democratic
Race Ratings Key
 

CQ Politics rates this race as "Safe," meaning the incumbent party is virtually certain to win the seat.

 

District Information

District Profile from Politics in America

The only district set entirely within the city of Los Angeles, the 31st is densely populated, heavily Hispanic and staunchly Democratic. The district wraps around west of downtown to extend south into South Los Angeles and northeast toward Pasadena. Most of the population is Hispanic, and Asian residents outnumber whites here.

Rapid immigration has changed many of the district's already diverse communities -- a majority of residents were born abroad -- and some newcomers are finding a mixed reception. Many Hispanics are among the new residents, and Pico Union and Westlake are dominated by Central American and Mexican immigrants. Other heavily Hispanic areas include Glassell Park and Highland Park, which boasts numerous historic homes. The eastern side of the district includes Lincoln Heights and El Sereno -- heavily Hispanic, blue-collar areas with a significant Mexican immigrant presence. Filipinotown, between Echo Park and Westlake, also has a strong Mexican and Central American presence -- the traditional Filipino presence in the neighborhood has dwindled.

Directly west of Elysian Park, where Dodger Stadium is located, is the artsy Echo Park. In the northeast sits Eagle Rock, a hilly, middle-class pocket of relative affluence that votes Democratic but leans more toward the political center than other parts of the 31st. The still trendy neighborhood, home to Occidental College, has seen commercial slowdowns, and some residential units stand empty.

Despite economic contributions from Paramount Studios, a slew of area hospitals and white-collar businesses along the Wilshire Boulevard central business corridor, the 31st has one of the state's lowest median household incomes at $36,000 per year.

The 31st supports Democrats, although voter turnout is traditionally low. Barack Obama won 80 percent of the district's 2008 presidential vote, and Jerry Brown took the same percentage here in the 2010 gubernatorial election.

Major Industry

Service, entertainment, tourism, health care

Cities

Los Angeles (pt.), 611,336

notable

Dedicated in 1886, 575-acre Elysian Park is the city's oldest public park.

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