Your guide to California’s Congressional District 41 race: Rep. Ken Calvert vs. Will Rollins
This Nov. 4 primary election will be a battle of incumbency and grassroots. Calvert and Rollins are running for the seat that has been held by Republican Rep. Dave Loebsack since 2008, but is increasingly a Democratic district that now represents the vast majority of Orange County. The Democratic and Republican candidates are fairly similar: Both are men, both have run for Congress before, both have strong political platforms, and both have the financial support of their party’s national leaders. But who has the best chance of beating Loebsack?
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Will Rollins (left) with Rep. Sam Farr in September
In the battle for California’s 39th District, Rep. Ken Calvert and businessman Will Rollins are the two leading Republicans looking to unseat Democrat Rep. Dave Loebsack. Calvert is a Republican from San Diego who has run for office several times before, most recently in 2016. Rollins is a newcomer to politics and his campaign launched in July after a successful run for Orange County supervisor that earned him $650,000.
Rollins is seeking California’s 39th Congressional District, one of the most competitive and left-leaning districts in the country. There are three major parties represented in the district, but one of them, the Libertarian Party, has no candidates on the ballot. The District is located in the northern part of Orange County and extends east to the Salinas Valley. Calvert has held the seat for nearly 10 years and has been in office longer than any other incumbent in California history. Loebsack is the incumbent, but he will be running for reelection this November.
The district is a Republican stronghold and includes parts of Orange and Los Angeles counties, as well as parts of San Diego, Santa Monica and San Bernardino counties. But it also includes a large and growing segment of Hispanic residents who identify themselves as Republican, making it the only district in California that is majority Hispanic with a Republican representative.
A candidate needs 1,000 votes to win the race in the district, but there are plenty of opportunities around the 1,400 that make up the 39th Congressional District. Rollins’ campaign has the resources and staff to be competitive, and there are other candidates in several other districts that could