California's 17th Congressional District elections, 2014
California is one of three states to use a blanket primary, or top-two system, which allows all candidates to run and all voters to vote but only moves the top two vote-getters, regardless of party affiliation, to the general election.
Heading into the election the incumbent is Mike Honda (D), who was first elected in 2000.
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June 3, 2014, primary results
- Mike Honda - Incumbent
- Ro Khanna - Former U.S. Department of Commerce Deputy Secretary
- Vanila Singh
- Joel Vanlandingham
Challenger Ro Khanna, who has taught at Stanford University and works at a Silicon Valley law firm, is tapping a vast network of tech donors to give Honda a surprisingly tough fight in 2014. During the second quarter of 2013, the challenger raised over $1 million and reported having $1.7 million cash on hand — more than four times the amount Honda had. Khanna has built a formidable operation filled with veterans of Barack Obama’s presidential campaigns, including Jeremy Bird, Obama’s national field director in 2012, and David Binder, one of the president’s pollsters.
Honda has the president’s endorsement — and the backing of Democratic power brokers such as House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Steve Israel. While Khanna is likely to draw support from Silicon Valley’s large Indian-American population, Honda enjoys long-standing ties to the Asian-American community, which makes up nearly half the district.
The race is almost certain to extend beyond the June 3 primary. Under California’s newly implemented “Top-Two” system, the top two finishers advance to the November general election, regardless of their party affiliation.
|Mike Honda vs. Ro Khanna|
|Poll||Mike Honda||Ro Khanna||Undecided||Margin of Error||Sample Size|
|Public Policy Polling (August 2-4, 2013)||49%||15%||36%||+/-3.5||806|
|Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to|
|U.S. House, California District 17 General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||Mike Honda Incumbent||73.5%||159,392|
|Source: California Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"|
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