Republican Challenger Scott Baugh Running to Defeat Progressive Rep. Porter in New District

    The majority of the district is currently represented by a GOP member of Congress.


    Republican Challenger Scott Baugh will be running against Democrat Rep. Katie Porter in the newly redrawn 47th congressional district. 

    Baugh is a former California State Senate Minority Leader and also was formerly the chairman of the Orange County Republican Party. He also ran for the 48th congressional district in 2018.

    The redrawn district includes the cities of Seal Beach, Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, Laguna Beach, Costa Mesa and Irvine. Republican Rep. Michelle Steel represents around two-thirds of the area and Porter represents around one-third currently. 

    After announcing the launch of his campaign Dec. 22 2021, Baugh stunned by raising $519,000 in just nine days prior to the end of the quarter. 

    According to Baugh’s campaign website, he wants to give parents more choice in the education of their children including supporting school choice, wants to establish border security, reduce the taxes on the middle class, spend responsibly, and reduce economic regulations. 

    He also has received the endorsement of the GOP, the Lincoln Club of Orange County, and many others. 

    In the case of Porter, she will be seeking her third term as a Congresswoman, where she was first elected in 2018. Prior to that, she was a professor at UC Irvine. 

    While the newly redrawn 47th district does exclude most of her current seat, it does include her hometown of Irvine. The district as a whole leans Democratic by one point. 

    Porter has received the endorsements of the Democratic Party, Planned Parenthood, and other progressive groups. 

    According to her campaign website, Porter wants to get reelected in order to “overturn Trump’s tax plan,” create Medicare for All, fight efforts to defund Planned Parenthood, preserve the planet, ban “assault” weapons, and more. 

    The primary will occur on June 7, with the general election to occur November 8.

    SoCal Daily Pulse


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