A New Swing District Emerges in CA-08
Voter Registration Gap Between Parties Is Substantially Less Than SoCal Districts That Flipped in 2018
For Immediate Release
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November 12, Victorville, CA, -- The California Secretary of State’s office has released their October voter registration report and confirmed that Democrats are rapidly closing the registration gap with Republicans in California’s 8th Congressional District. A concerted effort by local and national party organizations has led to a mere 3-point differential between the two parties. Katie Porter (CA-45) and Harley Rouda (CA-48) both overcame larger deficits to win their districts: -6% and -9% respectively.
“The significance of such a narrow gap will further boost the confidence/support of the DCCC, EMILY’s List and other organizations essential to helping campaigns achieve maximum traction,” said Charlie Baran, a spokesperson for the California Democratic Party-Endorsed Chris Bubser campaign. “We’re calling this the 'Bubser Bump' because since launching her campaign for Congress, we have seen a groundswell of energy to register every Democrat so that we can protect this district from the Tim Donnellys of the world.”
Voter registration now stands at 32.4% D to 35.7% R making it a top swing district in California. The district’s quickly changing demographics will make it increasingly difficult for conservative candidates’ message to resonate as strongly as it has in past elections. Latinos comprise 35% of new registrants while they are currently 26% of all registered voters. And 57% of new registrants are under 34 years of age.
“Since my campaign launched last April, we have seen a consolidation of Democratic leadership and activated local residents unifying to push CA-08 in a new direction,” said Chris Bubser. “There is a deep need for transformation that I hear as I travel the district and my emphasis on healthcare access, sustainable and local jobs, and protection of our district’s resources from special interests is resonating with the voters.”
“This momentum is also reflected in the growing number of endorsements from labor unions who previously backed the retiring Republican Paul Cook. The Inland Empire Labor Council (AFL-CIO), the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) and the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) and many others are backing Bubser, the candidate of working people, and should feel good about their decision in light of these newest registration stats,” said Baran.
The 8th District stretches along much of California’s eastern border, and includes parts of San Bernardino County, and all of Inyo and Mono counties. The district includes, among others, the communities of Adelanto, Apple Valley, Barstow, Bishop, Calimesa, Hesperia, Highland, Lone Pine, Mammoth Lakes, Needles, Trona, Twentynine Palms, Victorville, Yucaipa and Yucca Valley, and Joshua Tree and Death Valley National Parks.