7th District

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.