Your guide to California’s Congressional District 41 race: Rep. Ken Calvert vs. Will Rollins
The race to win California’s 43rd Congressional District has become increasingly competitive as the race grows richer with incumbency and less crowded with voters. Rep. Mark Takano is the incumbent and has a 5-point lead in the RealClearPolitics average, with Rep. Ken Calvert trailing by just 1.5 points and state Sen. Bill Monning trailing by.5 points.
Takano will face Democrat Will Rollins in the June 12 primary, with the winner facing Republican incumbent, Michael Honda, in November.
Calvert, one of just seven House freshmen in the nation with a perfect voting record in the last 20 years, has been on a steady climb up the political food chain.
He is a long-serving incumbent, having served in the California State Assembly for 22 years in the 33rd district, where he was the chairman of the Assembly Democratic Caucus.
He is also a freshman and California state senator, having been elected in 2010 to represent the 21st Senate district, which includes East San Jose.
Calvert, 47, lives in East San Jose, but has raised money from across the state, and in at least 10 races, he has run as the outsider. His race against Takano, 38, is unique in the country.
“He’s a good bet to win,” says Steve Vukmir, political analyst for CBS.
“The district is a fairly conservative one,” he adds. “He’s trying to get to the inside, and he’s well-positioned to do that.”
California’s 43rd congressional district includes all of East and South Bay. It’s a district that hasn’t elected a Democrat since the 1970s, and Calvert has already made some inroads into the Democratic base in the area.
“He’s been very effective in that he