Representative Katie Porter is running against Republican Scott Baugh in California’s 47th congressional district.
The 47th District is located along the California coast in Orange County.
Porter has a massive war chest — she ranks in the top five fundraisers for Congress.
Democratic Rep. Katie Porter takes on Republican Scott Baugh in California’s 47th congressional district.
Polls close in the state at 8 p.m. local time, or 11 p.m. EST.
Candidates for California’s 47th congressional district
Porter is seeking his third term in the House and sits on the Oversight and Government Reform Committee.
Before being elected to Congress in 2018she taught bankruptcy law at the University of California, Irvine School of Law and was consumer and bankruptcy lawyer for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the World Bank, the Federal Judicial Center and the Uniform Law Commission. She also clerked for Judge Richard S. Arnold of the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.
The 48-year-old Irvine Democrat has a huge campaign war chest – she ranks in the top five among congressional fundraisers.
Porter was elected to the House in 2018, return the seat held by former Republican Rep. Mimi Walters to become the first Democrat in history to overthrow the 45th Congressional District, a longtime Republican stronghold. In 2020, she retained her seat against Republican Greg Raths.
She is a strong proponent of abortion rights and helped pass the Women’s Health Protection Act in the House, which would codify the abortion protections of Roe v. Wade if enacted.
Baugh, Porter’s challenger, is a lawyer and owner of the business law firm Scott Baugh & Associates. Before running for CongressBaugh represented Orange County in the California Assembly, served as its Republican leader, and chaired the Orange County Republican Party for 11 years.
This is Baugh’s third time running for the 47th congressional district seat. In 2018, Baugh came in fourth in a crowded, nonpartisan primary that kicked him out of the general election. And in 2020, he withdrew from the primary.
Baugh came second to Porter in the 2022 nonpartisan primary, garnering 30.8% of the vote to Porter’s 51% – enough to qualify him for the general election.
On abortion, he Told the Orange County Register, “Others may disagree about the precise beginning of life, but there should be no disagreement about whether it is acceptable to abort children who have reached the point of viability. We need to promote a culture of life in America – not a culture of termination.”
Voting history for California’s 47th congressional district
California’s 47th Congressional District is an affluent coastal district that covers much of Orange County. It includes the inland city of Irvine, where Porter taught consumer law at the University of California, Irvine, as well as the coastal cities of Huntington Beach, Laguna Beach and Newport Beach.
Once the district lines were finalized, Porter announced that she change district to run in the new 47th districta coastal district that encompasses his hometown of Irvine.
The race for money
According OpenSecretsPorter raised $22.7 million, spent $24.1 million, and had about $8.9 million on hand as of October 19. His opponent, Baugh, has raised $2.7 million, spent nearly $2.6 million and has $139,000 in cash as of October 19. .
In late October, several dozen super PACs, national party committees, politically active nonprofits and other non-candidate groups met spent approximately $8.2 million to advocate for or against contestants in this race, including during the primary phase of the race. Almost all of that outside money has been spent on boosting Baugh, with the Republican Super PACs Congressional Leadership Fund and the Club for Growth Action leading all others.
What the experts say
The race between Porter and Baugh is called “lean Democratic” by Inside the elections“toss up” by The Cook Political Reportand “leaning democrat” by Sabato’s Crystal Ball at the University of Virginia Center for Politics.
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