First term congressman Ami Bera will have to work to keep his seat in 2014 in this seat with a narrow voter registration edge for Democrats and in which independent voters will decide whether or not to return Bera to DC.
Seeking to challenge Bera in November are three Republicans, including former congressman Doug Ose, who can self-finance and is the favorite to emerge from the top-two primary. Also running are Igor Birman, who is chief of staff for Congressman Tom McClintock (who beat Ose in 2008 in the race for the open congressional seat), and Elizabeth Emken, who ran for an open seat in congress in 2010 and carried the Republican party banner against Dianne Feinstein in 2012.
Despite a toss-up district, Bera will be tough to beat in 2014, partially attributable to the "do-nothing" nature of the 113th Congress. The physician, who won election on his second bid against Dan Lungren, can campaign on what he would have done had Democrats controlled the gavel. The toughest vote for . . .