Congressional District : Democratic And State Level

2978 Words Nov 25th, 2014 12 Pages
Introduction
The 2014 Congressional race saw the struggle of Democrats and Republicans to gain power of the two institutions as per usual. On a federal and state level, the power fight was apparent, with a number of close races. One of them was in California’s rural 21st Congressional District between Republican incumbent David Valadao who had been in office since 2012 and Democrat and newcomer Amanda Rentira. The district was won by President Barack Obama by 11.1 percent in 2012 and 6 percent in 2008, so the Democrats saw hope and potential for Rentira. The 21st Congressional District is considered competitive because of its voter registration numbers. Democrats hold a 17-percentage-point registration advantage over the rival Republicans, but have struggled to get voters to the polls. In addition, Valadao was well-funded two years ago when he crushed his underfunded and outmatched Democratic opponent, John Hernandez.

Part I – The District
A. Location
California’s 21st Congressional District is centered in the Central Valley and includes Kings County and parts of Fresno, and Kern counties. Most of the towns are rural and house a number of farms and factories and is known in dairy and the production of hundreds of different crops. The District spans about 160 miles along the I-5, from the Fresno County line to where I-5 meets highway 99 south of Bakersfield. The cities in it include Sanger, Selma, Hanford and Delano. Smaller towns in…
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