RELEASE: Chris Bubser in Strongest Positio to Win CA-08 Amid Speculation of Rep. Cook's Retirement
Updated: Apr 2
After outraising and outworking Cook in her first two quarters, Bubser poised to flip district
August 28, 2019; Victorville, CA — Representative Paul Cook must have seen the writing on the wall: his district is changing and the security of his seat is greatly diminished by the strong early performance of Democrat Chris Bubser in California's 8th Congressional District. Cook is expected to announce that he is not seeking re-election after four terms in Congress. Bubser's campaign, which emphasizes expanding access to affordable quality healthcare, reinvestment in our local economy through sustainable, 21st century jobs, and the protection and stewardship of our abundant public lands, has been in full swing since April 2019. With strong fundraising numbers to date, California Democrats coalescing behind her, and a rapidly changing district that gives Republicans a mere 4-point registration advantage, Chris Bubser is already showing that she has what it takes to flip the 8th. Bubser has already outraised Cook, on pace to eclipse his 2017-2018 total With Cook out, Bubser is the only filed candidate to have raised and spent money to date. She outraised Cook by $66,000--nearly 50%--in her first quarter. Bubser brought in the biggest fundraising haul this district has seen since 2012 and reported the highest single quarter for a Democrat since redistricting. She managed to do this all without taking a dime from corporate PACs or special interests. While PACs accounted for about 65% of Cook's most recent filing, Bubser has pledged to take no corporate money. Chris' commitment to putting the residents of the 8th above special interests is already creating traction. Since filing, Chris has received more than one hundred contributions from residents of the district. As of Cook's most recent filing, he received only four in-district contributions in 2019. Bubser's fundraising momentum reflects enthusiasm on the ground for her vision for CA-08 and the representation this district deserves. Chris has the momentum, and is putting in the miles The two most recent Democratic candidates in CA-08, Marge Doyle and Dr. Rita Ramirez, have both endorsed Chris Bubser, in an incredible demonstration of Democratic unity. Doyle and Ramirez split the Democratic vote in 2018's primary, leading to no Democrats advancing to the general election. In addition, a majority of district delegates to the California Democratic Party convention have indicated their intention to support Chris, ensuring that she will receive the Party's formal endorsement this fall. Since launching her campaign in April, Bubser, a Mammoth Lakes resident, has made more than 40 public appearances around the district, which spans more than 30,000 square miles. She has listened to voters in most of the towns in Mono and Inyo counties along US 395, going as far north as Walker, and all the way down to Joshua Tree in the south. While Bubser is focusing her time in the towns of Victorville (where she will be opening a campaign HQ soon), Hesperia, Adelanto, and Apple Valley, she has also visited the Morongo Basin, Highland, Yucaipa, and the San Bernardino Mountains communities of Big Bear and Lake Arrowhead. Bubser also visited the town of Trona, to deliver relief supplies and offer assistance less than 24 hours after the 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck on July 5th. Democrats have already flipped deeper red districts; Chris can win in the 8th California's 8th Congressional District has been considered a Republican stronghold for years, but changing demographics and attitudes are combining to put our district squarely in play in 2020. Party registration is trending away from Republicans. Between 2012 and 2016, Republican registration advantage among those who turned out dropped 30%, to just an eight point advantage. Over the last two midterms, that advantage shrunk by eight points, even without a Democrat in the race in 2018. These trends are only expected to intensify in Democrats' favor. These changes are driven in part by the persistent diversification of the 8th. The percentage of white voters dropped 10 points from 2014 (81%) to 2016 (71%) and is expected to fall even further in 2020. Latinx voters account for much of this trend, as their percentage of the electorate has nearly doubled in 4 years, from 13 percent in 2014 to 21 percent in 2018. In 2016, more than a quarter of the district's voters (29%) were people of color for the first time. For Chris, connecting with our district's newest voters is not only how she wins in 2020, but how she will be the representative people of the 8th District deserve in Washington, rather than a voice for the corporate interests that have backed Cook and his friends Jay Obernolte and Chad Mayes.
### Chris Bubser is an engineer, healthcare advocate, organizer, and conservationist running for Congress to protect what is vulnerable and precious in California's 8th District. Chris has dedicated her career to community-building in order to meet tough challenges challenges such as protecting our healthcare and taking a stand against climate change.
CA-08 is current represented by Trump-supporter Rep. Paul Cook. Stretching from Mono Lake to Twentynine Palms, it encompasses most of California's eastern desert region. It includes Inyo and Mono Counties as well as most of San Bernardino County.