After 11-term Congressman Howard "Buck" McKeon announced he would not seek reelection, the two significant Republican camps in this region quickly came forward with consensus candidates.
Tony Strickland, who had raised funds through the cycle for the adjacent CD26, emerged as McKeon's chosen successor. As an alternative to Strickland, State Senator Steve Knight jumped in with the support of George and Sharon Runner, and Assemblymember Scott Wilk (who defeated McKeon's wife for the Assembly in 2012).
Meanwhile, physician Lee Rogers is making a case to anyone who will listen that a Democrat can win this seat. Rogers points to voter registration progress and Obama's narrow loss here in 2012. This explains why Republican strategists in Washington were happy to have McKeon retire in 2014, rather in a higher-turnout presidential cycle. This seat will very likely be a toss-up in the next few cycles, although it is very likely Republicans will hold it in 2014.
If Rogers can h . . .