Battleground Friday: California's 36th Congressional District

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2012

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California's 36th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
June 3, 2014

Incumbent prior to election:
Raul Ruiz Democratic Party
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Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Lean D[1]

Sabato's Crystal Ball: Lean D[2]


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2014 U.S. Senate Elections

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By the Congress team

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In the next profile of our 2014 battleground districts, Ballotpedia is taking an in-depth look at California's 36th Congressional District's 2014 election.

Current incumbent: Raul Ruiz (D) was first elected to the House in 2012 and has no prior political experience.[3]

Ruiz is a member of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's Frontline Program. The program is designed to help protect vulnerable Democratic incumbents heading into the 2014 election.[4] According to a Washington Post article in December 2012, Ruiz is one of the 10 most vulnerable incumbents in 2014.[5]

2012 MOV: Ruiz won the seat in 2012 with a margin of victory of 5.8% over incumbent Mary Bono Mack (R). The two candidates were separated by 12,236 votes.

2014 candidates: There are two Republican candidates challenging Ruiz for the seat, Ray Haynes and Brian Nestande. Haynes is a former member of the California State Assembly and the California State Senate. He served in the Assembly from 1993 to 1995 and again from 2003 to 2007, and he served in the Senate from 1995 to 2002. Nestande is a current member of the State Assembly and has served since 2008. The National Republican Congressional Committee added Nestande to their "On the Radar" list in November 2013. According to the NRCC, candidates that make this list receive "...the tools they need to run successful, winning campaigns against their Democratic opponents."[6]

What made it a Ballotpedia battleground district?: The district has very close to even numbers of Democratic and Republican voters. Cook's PVI shows the district as R+1, while Fairvote rates the district as 51.2% Democratic. The district was won by President Barack Obama by 3.2% in 2012 and 3% in 2008. Additionally, incumbent Raul Ruiz is a freshman representative.

FEC: First-Quarter reports from 2014 from the Federal Election Commission show incumbent Raul Ruiz with a significant fundraising advantage over his Republican challengers. He raised a total of $1,936,487 this cycle and is sitting on $1,516,641 cash on hand.[7] Nestande comes in second with contributions totaling $596,728 and $322,741 cash on hand.[8] Haynes has only raised a total of $14,761 and reports no cash on hand.[9]

The information above was compiled following the California candidate filing deadline. Please find all further updates on the 36th District's election page.
California's 36th Congressional District
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Population: 713,166
Gender: 50% Male, 50% Female
Race: 68.2% White, 3.8% Black, 3.6% Asian, 1.1% Native Am.
Ethnicity: 47.9% Hispanic
Unemployment: 16.6%
Median household income: $42,922
High school graduation rate: 78.0%
College graduation rate: 19.4%

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