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Politics First-term Rep. Josh Harder looks to defend his seat in California's 10th Congressional District

04:20  26 september  2020
04:20  26 september  2020 Source:   businessinsider.com

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Joshua Keck Harder (born August 1 , 1986) is an American politician and venture capital investor, who has been serving as the U.S. Representative for California ' s 10 th congressional district since 2019.

Rep . Jeff Denham, a Republican, has lost a bid for reelection in California ' s 10 th Congressional District to Josh Harder , a Democrat. Clinton won California by 30 points. Data is from the Associated Press. This story may be updated if more information becomes available.

a person sitting in front of a building: Democratic candidate for California's 10th Congressional District Josh Harder places his ballot inside a ballot box at a polling station on November 6, 2018 in Modesto, California. Alex Edelman/Getty Images © Alex Edelman/Getty Images Democratic candidate for California's 10th Congressional District Josh Harder places his ballot inside a ballot box at a polling station on November 6, 2018 in Modesto, California. Alex Edelman/Getty Images
  • Democratic Rep. Josh Harder will face Republican Ted Howze in California's 10th Congressional District.
  • The district is located in central California in the northern San Joaquin Valley area.
  • Harder currently has $4.4 million in cash on hand remaining – 16 times more than Howze with just $254,000.
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First-term Rep. Josh Harder looks to defend his seat against Republican Ted Howze in California's 10th Congressional District.

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California Republicans lost another seat on Tuesday evening, as Democrat Josh Harder defeated incumbent Republican Jeff Denham in the 10 th congressional district as ballots continued to be counted across the state. Harder , a venture capitalist with no political experience

Josh Harder left the cozy confines of venture capital to start his campaign for Congress in the California region where he was born and raised. The 30-year-old Democrat and political rookie is building an army of volunteers and looking to tap his tech contacts for money as he aims to unseat

The candidates

Harder, the former vice president of a venture capital firm, was elected in 2018 after defeating former three-term incumbent, Jeff Denham. He currently sits on the House Committee on Agriculture and the House Committee on Education and Labor.

Howze, Harder's challenger, previously ran to represent the 10th District but did not make it past the Republican primary. He is a veterinarian, small business owner and the former planning commissioner of the city of Turlock. His campaign platform is centered on lowering the cost of medications, funding the police, and supporting 2nd Amendment rights.

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Josh Harder is a Democratic businessman and 5th generation Central Valley resident running for Congress in California ' s 10 th Leaders from four congressional committees are now calling on CMS chief Seema Verma to "personally reimburse the taxpayers for these inappropriate expenditures."

Howze came under scrutiny earlier this year when Politico exposed dozens of posts on his Facebook and Twitter accounts expressing bigotry against Muslims, demeaning gun violence survivors, and spreading conspiracy theories. Howze maintained that he himself did not make the posts and said others who had access to his account posted.

In the wake of the controversy, the campaign arm of House Republicans pulled Howze out of their Young Guns program, and both the chair of the California Republican Party and House Minority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy, the highest-ranking House Republican, rescinded their endorsements of Howze.

The district

California's 10th Congressional District is located in the center of the state and the northern part of the San Joaquin Valley. The district is home to Stanislaus County and a portion of San Joaquin County as well. In 2016, residents of the district voted for Hillary Clinton by three points over now-President Donald Trump in a 49-46 split.

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California ' s 10 th congressional district is a congressional district in the U.S. state of California . Currently, the 10 th district encompasses part of the northern San Joaquin Valley.

First - term Democratic Representatives from left, Colin Allred (TX), Abby Finkenauer (IA), Katie Hill ( CA ), and The DCCC is concerned with defending 44 districts , including a wide swath of territory in California , New Jersey, and California ’ s 10 th Congressional District — Rep . Josh Harder .

The money race

According to the Center for Responsive Politics, Harder has raised $5.4 million – over 5 times more than Howze with $1 million raised. Howze also has only $254,000 in cash on hand remaining until November, over 16 times less than Harder who has about $4.4 million left.

What experts say

The race between Harder and Howze is rated as "likely Democratic" by The Cook Political Report and "safe Democratic" according to Inside Elections and Sabato's Crystal Ball at the University of Virginia Center for Politics.

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