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California congressional race could help tilt House control

Rudy Salas Jr.
Posted at 7:10 AM, Oct 19, 2021

LOS ANGELES (AP) — One of the country's most competitive U.S. House races is unfolding in California's farm belt.

Republican U.S. Rep. David Valadao is facing a growing list of Democratic and GOP challengers.

On Monday, Democratic Assemblyman Rudy Salas became the latest to get in.

The Central Valley district is heavily Latino and has a huge Democratic registration edge, but Valadao had displayed an independent streak and was among 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach then-President Donald Trump.

Joe Biden carried the district by 11 points over Trump in 2020.

Valadao ran in 2020 as “an independent problem solver” willing to work with Democrats.