California Congressional District 52
For the 116th time in history, the entire U.S. House of Representatives is hiring for all 435 positions.
Politically ambitious Californians have applied for one of 53 positions in the state’s congressional delegation. Duties include:
- Attend floor sessions and vote on bills
- Occasionally write bills
- Help investigate Russia’s interference in the 2016 election
- Help investigate the FBI’s investigation of Russia’s interference in the 2016 election
- Channel the concerns of the 700,000 or so people who live in their district and convince 434 other colleagues to care about them too
- Spend a lot of time asking donors for money
Counter Terrorism Attorney
Incumbent Party: Democratic
Democratic vs Republican Voter Registration: 3.9% D
Trump vs Clinton Margin, 2016: 22.6% Clinton
Congressional Margin of Victory in Last Election: 13%
Top Two Primary Applicants, June 2018: Scott Peters (59%), Omar Qudrat (15.3%)
Democratic vs Republican Vote Share, June 2018: 18% D
Though the district is considered a perennial toss up, the 2016 election was a cakewalk for Congressman Scott Peters and things are once again looking pretty safe for the incumbent Democrat.
This year the National Republican Congressional Committee has once again declared the race a potential pick-up opportunity, but it doesn’t seem to be their top priority. A self-described “fierce moderate,” the business-friendly Peters outraised all of his Republican opponents combined through 2017. Now that the field has been narrowed, he now faces Omar Qudrat, a lawyer and Army reserve officer, who won just over 15 percent of the split Republican vote. That’s compared to Peters’ 59 percent.