Scott Baugh, the former leader of the California Assembly, fended off a crowded Republican field Tuesday to earn the right to challenge Representative Katie Porter, a Democratic star, in November.
California’s newly drawn 47th district leans somewhat Democratic, but in a difficult year for President Biden’s party, Republicans would enjoy dimming Ms. Porter’s glow. Since taking her seat in the former Republican stronghold of Orange County in 2018, Ms. Porter has emerged as a powerful fundraiser and popular figure for left-wing activists.
Democratic officials widely consider her an heir to the Senate seat now held by Senator Dianne Feinstein, who is not expected to seek re-election in November 2024, when she will be 91. A loss now would make Mrs Porter’s path more difficult.
Mr. Baugh is the essence of the Republican establishment in Orange County, having once led the party in the county.
With over $1 million in his campaign accounts, he’s moving into a respectable position toward November. But his money on hand pales in comparison to Ms. Porter’s $18 million in a much-watched race will likely be expensive.