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Gay CA House candidates headed to fall contests
Four gay Southern California House candidates survived their primary contests Tuesday and are headed to the fall ballot. Both Congressmember Mark Takano (D-Riverside) and gay Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia are now expected to easily win their races come November.Former federal prosecutor Will Rollins is now seen as having a strong road to victory, based on the results of his primary race against Congressmember Ken Calvert (R-Corona). Meanwhile, Derek Marshall is facing an uphill climb to defeat Congressmember Jay Obernolte (R-Hesperia).Garcia, a Democrat, had been the odds-on favorite to finish first in his primary contest for the new, open 42nd Congressional District along the coast of Los Angeles County. And he didn't disappoint, landing in the top spot with 44.7% of the vote Tuesday, according to unofficial returns.Capturing the second spot to advance to the November 8 general election ballot was Republican John Briscoe with 28.7% of the vote. Assemblymember Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens) was in a distant third place with 12.7% of the vote.Since the district is heavily Democratic, with the six Democrats on Tuesday's ballot receiving a combined 69.2% of the vote, Garcia should easily win the seat in the fall. He will become the first openly gay immigrant to serve in Congress, having been born in Lima, Peru and moving to the U.S. at age 5."Honored and proud to be your Democratic nominee for Congress tonight. Thank you!" Garcia tweeted.
Political Notes: Long Beach Mayor Garcia leads in fundraising among West Coast LGBTQ congressional candidates
Among the non-incumbent LGBTQ Democratic candidates seeking U.S. House seats on the West Coast this year, gay Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia has proved to be the most adept at raising money for his bid. He is leading the pack of three gay men and one lesbian seen as having the strongest chances of being elected to Congress in 2022 from the three-state region.Between December 17 and March 31 Garcia raised $821,087, according to his most recent campaign contribution filings with the Federal Elections Commission. He also reported having $678,703 in his campaign coffers heading into the June 7 primary, where the top two vote-getters will advance to the November 8 ballot.Garcia is seeking the open, new 42nd Congressional District along the coast of Los Angeles County. It is heavily Democratic, and Assemblymember Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens) is seen as the other leading candidate among the eight people who qualified for the primary race. She reported raising $215,047 during the first three months of the year and had $177,732 remaining.As he raises funds for his campaign, Robert Garcia has pledged not to accept any contributions from political action committees tied to corporate interests. According to his FEC reports, roughly half of the money Garcia raised from individual donors was in amounts less than $2,000. "Our campaign is powered by grassroots supporters. We take no corporate PAC money, and are fighting to take dark money out of politics," he noted in an April 21 tweet hailing his endorsement from the group End Citizens United.