Representative David Valadao, a Republican operating in a strong Democratic district in California’s Central Valley, will face his strongest challenger yet in November after primary voters give the Republican and Democratic institutions the candidates they wanted.
Mr. Valadao, whose victory was declared by The Associated Press weeks after the June 7 primary, is one of the most threatened House Republicans in the country.
He voted to impeach former President Donald J. Trump for instigating the January 6 attack on the Capitol, then resigned, largely escaping Mr Trump’s wrath. He attracted two Republican primary challengers: Chris Mathys, who was a pro-Trump voter, and Adam Madeiros, who campaigned as a traditionally pro-agricultural conservative in the Central Valley.
Valadao’s Democratic challenger — Rudy Salas, a five-term councilor who is a popular fixture in the Fresno area — cleared the Democratic field on primary election night in a district whose lines shifted in his favor away from the suburbs of conservative Bakersfield.
In the end, Mr Valadao’s two Republican rivals, Mr Mathys and Mr Madeiros, appeared to have split the votes against Valadao. That paved the way for the strongest candidates to compete in one of the Democrats’ few picks in the House in November.