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Issa’s Democratic Challengers Combined Raise More Than Him
Issa still has a huge advantage in cash on hand

Mike Levin, a Democratic challenger to Republican Rep. Darrell Issa of California, raised more than double that of Democrat Doug Applegate, who came within about 1,000 votes of unseating the incumbent in 2016. (Thomas McKinless/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Democratic challengers to California Rep. Darrell Issa raised more money combined than the Republican incumbent in the third quarter.

Environmental lawyer Mike Levin, who jumped into the race in March, raised $300,874.66 — more than double the $147,553.95 raised by retired Marine Corps Col. Doug Applegate, who narrowly lost to Issa last year and is gunning for a rematch.

Former Candidate Launches New PAC to Flip California House Seats
Michael Eggman wants to build up the Democratic bench

Democrat Michael Eggman is launching “Red to Blue California.” (Courtesy Michael Eggman Congress Facebook page)

Former congressional candidate Michael Eggman is starting a new group to achieve what he could not do alone: flip House seats in California from Republican to Democrat.

Eggman is launching the “Red to Blue California” political action committee Monday, targeting seven House Republicans who represent districts in the Golden State that Democrat Hillary Clinton carried in 2016. 

Second Democrat Jumps into Issa Race
Major Democratic donor Mike Levin announces run

Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., has another Democratic challenger for 2018. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A second Democrat is jumping into the race to challenge Republican Rep. Darrell Issa in California.

Mike Levin, an environmental lawyer based in San Juan Capistrano, announced his candidacy Wednesday.

It's Official: Darrell Issa Re-Elected in California
Democrat Doug Applegate falls short in upset bid against GOP incumbent

California Rep. Darrell Issa is returning for a ninth term in Congress. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Republican Rep. Darrell Issa officially won re-election Monday, giving the House GOP yet another win in a seat it had once feared losing. 

The Associated Press called the race nearly three weeks after Election Day, with Issa leading Democrat Doug Applegate, 51 percent to 49 percent. 

Issa: Cool It With the Impeachment Talk
As Republicans broach impeachment against Clinton, Issa says, ‘Back off’

California Rep. Darrell Issa said Republicans need to ‘calm down’ with talk of impeachment. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Republican Rep. Darrell Issa, has been one of the Obama administration’s biggest antagonists, but he’s telling Republicans to cool their jets on impeaching Hillary Clinton.

Issa, the onetime chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, made the remarks on San Diego radio host Brett Winterble’s talk show.

With Big Lead in California Senate Race, Harris Focuses Down Ballot
Opponent Sanchez says she's not paying attention to Harris

California Senate candidate Kamala Harris is campaigning for other Democrats in some key races for Congress and the state Assembly. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images file photo)

With a comfortable lead in her Senate campaign, California Attorney General General Kamala Harris is turning her attention to helping some down-ballot Democrats in their races.

Most polls show Harris beating 10-term Rep. Loretta Sanchez, by double digits. The two Democrats finished 1-2 in the state’s open primary to replace retiring Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer.

Ratings Change: 7 House Races Shift Toward Democrats
But one change toward Republicans isn’t particularly good news for majority chances

California Rep. Jeff Denham faces a competitive re-election fight with less than two weeks before Nov. 8. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

When nearly 90 percent of the batch of House ratings changes are in your favor, it’s normally great news. But with a limited House playing field, Democrats need to win virtually all of the competitive seats, and some initial takeover targets look like they are slipping out of reach.

In the most recent set of ratings changes by The Rothenberg & Gonzales Political Report/Roll Call, seven races shift toward the Democrats. Takeover prospects improved in a couple of California districts (the 10th and 49th), a couple of districts with weakened GOP incumbents (Florida’s 7th and New Jersey’s 5th), and two suburban districts (Kansas’ 3rd and Pennsylvania’s 8th).

Democrats Banking on Revenge Against Issa
Groups pouring in money, efforts to aid California Republican’s challenger

Sandra Fluke, shown here at EMILY's List 30th Anniversary Gala in Washington last year, hopes Doug Applegate can unseat California Republican Darrell Issa, who kept her from testifying before the House Oversight Committeein 2012. (Kris Connor/Getty Images file photo)

In 2012, Rep. Darrell Issa earned the scorn of many pro-abortion rights advocates when the California Republican excluded Sandra Fluke from a hearing about birth control coverage under the 2010 health care law.

Fluke, a law school student at the time, became a lightning rod. Rush Limbaugh called her a “slut.” Democrats rushed to her defense and gave her a speaking slot at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Issa and Challenger Tie Each Other to National Leaders
Applegate ties Issa to Trump and Issa ties Applegate to Pelosi in surprisingly close race

Incumbent Republican Rep. Darrell Issa is facing the strongest challenge in his time in office. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Both Rep. Darrell Issa and his Democratic opponent are tying each other to their party’s leaders in ad wars in the surprisingly contested race in California’s 49th Congressional District.

Issa, an eight-term Republican congressman, released an ad last week that said Democratic challenger Doug Applegate “passed the Nancy Pelosi litmus test” for supporting liberal policies like a carbon tax, before ultimately declaring, “We can’t afford him.”

Ratings Changes in 12 Competitive House Races
6 races shift toward Democrats but 6 improve for Republicans

Iowa Rep. David Young's' re-election contest in the state's 3rd District moves from Tossup to Tilts Republican, according to The Rothenberg & Gonzales Political Report/Roll Call's latest race rating. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

With five weeks to go before Election Day, Democrats are still waiting for Donald Trump to create the nationwide swell that would be necessary to put the Republicans’ House majority into play. House races are often late to engage but, thus far, the developments have been a mixed bag for Democrats, keeping sizable gains out of reach.

The lack of vulnerable Democrats — and the resiliency of many Republican incumbents in the face of an unpopular presidential nominee — could amount to a historic election in the House, but not in the way one might think. The cycle could produce the fewest number of House seats to flip party control in 60 years.