|CD-25 (Pacific Meridian Imaging)|
Reports from Politico and other left-leaning blogs suggested that Howard "Buck" McKeon's house seat was up for grabs in 2014, since he was planning on retiring and the district leans Republican only by a few points. Concerns were rising that with his departure, Democrats might have an opportunity to pick up seat.
|Howard "Buck" McKeon|
In 2012, McKeon faced a real challenge, which he did fight off, but it was a fight.
Ultimately, like many long-term incumbents in Washington, McKeon faced the diminishing prospect not only of losing a chairmanship (because of internal GOP term limits) but working in a Congress which was less likely to accomplish much of anything.
McKeon also supported amnesty, which would have turned off more conservative voters in the district.
After the June 3rd primary, both Republicans advanced to the general election, in spite of two Democrats and an Independent running for the seat.
Will Republicans endured a similar blood-bath in the 25th just like the Berman-Sherman fight in 2012 for the 30th?
First, two incumbent Congressmen are not fighting for one to attain reelection. Second, the media hype will spend more time focusing on swing districts between a Republican and a Democrats, with the not-so-subtle intent of promoting the Democrat as much as possible.
California Republicans can breathe easy over one race, though: Congressional District 25 will remain firmly in GOP hands this election cycle, and perhaps for years to come.