DCCC Targets Eight Seats in California as Democrats Plot Path to Majority

In an effort to help Democrats win back the House majority in 2024, the DCCC on Monday revealed its offensive battlefield list, which includes CA-41, now held by Rep. Ken Calvert. It is one of eight districts considered “in play.”

In the November 2022 election, Calvert received 123,860 votes, or 52.35%. His challenger, Will Rollins, garnered 112,769 votes, or 47.65%, according to County of Riverside
Final Official Election Results.

CA-41 includes the cities of Palm Springs, Menifee, Calimesa, Norco, Lake Elsinore, Wildomar, Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert, Indian Wells, La Quinta, and most of Corona. The representative for the 41st is Calvert, who was redistricted from the 42nd district. It contains most of the western part of the Coachella Valley with the exception of Cathedral City, as well as commuter towns in the Greater Los Angeles area.

The path to the Democratic majority could run through California. After protecting the now open CA-47, Democrats only need to flip five seats to reclaim the majority – and California has five districts currently represented by Republicans that President Biden won in 2020.

“Democrats will be playing aggressively in these competitive districts to give Californians a clear choice in 2024. “DCCC spokesperson Tommy Garcia said. These vulnerable Republicans have used the first few months of their majority to show they are more focused on partisan investigations, out-of-touch legislation, and protecting wealthy corporations and their own self-interest than tackling the issues facing their communities.”

The DCCC’s Districts in Play are competitive Republican-held or open districts across the nation that are critical battlegrounds as the DCCC works to unseat Republicans and win a Democratic House majority this cycle.

Additionally, this cycle will mark the first time ever that the DCCC has launched nominee fund pages, which allows grassroots donors to donate now to contribute to the eventual Democratic nominee in these Districts in Play.

NRCC Communications Director Jack Pandol countered, saying, “Extreme House Democrats lost the majority because they hammered families with crime, chaos and skyrocketing costs. Why would voters change their minds after Democrats spent their time in the minority coddling violent criminals and opposing relief?”

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