The Associated Press projects that Democratic incumbent Rep. Mike Levin will win his bid for re-election in California’s 49th Congressional District against Republican candidate Brian Maryott in a close midterms House race.
Levin and Maryott emerged victorious in California’s top-two primary. In the top-two primary system, which the state adopted in 2010, all candidates appear on the same ballot, and the top two candidates move onto the general election, regardless of their party.
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For several months, Cook Political Report labeled the midterm race between the two “lean democratic.” As the election inch closer, the political handicapper switched its rating to “toss-up.”
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Tuesday marked the third time the two candidates ran against each other after facing off in both 2018 and 2020.
Levin, a former environmental attorney supports codifying federal protections for abortion. He also named climate change and veteran benefits as two top priorities.
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Maryott, businessman and former San Juan Capistrano Mayor, emphasized border security and inflation throughout the election cycle, advocating for increased funding at the border and touting his background as a financial planner as evidence of his ability to fix the district’s economic issues.