On January 10th, Irvine Congressional Representative Katie Porter announced that she is officially launching a campaign to run for the U.S. Senate in 2024.
The political world is still waiting to hear from 89-year-old Senator Dianne Feinstein to see if she plans on running for re-election.
Congresswoman Porter, a former UCI Law Professor and current Irvine resident, is viewed by many as a leading candidate for the presumed open Senate seat. However, political insiders tell us that California voters can expect an extremely crowded field that could include Representatives Adam Schiff; Barbara Lee; and Ro Khanna, among others.
As a progressive Democrat in Congress, Porter has gained a large following with her scathing attacks on Big Pharma, Wall Street, and the Oil & Gas Industries. You may recall seeing videos of her using a whiteboard to break down some of the hard-hitting financial questions she has asked in congressional hearings. Watch one of those exchanges here.
In California, the top two vote getters in the June 2024 primary will advance to the November general election, regardless of party affiliation. So, if enough popular Democratic candidates enter the race, the votes could be split enough to allow one Democrat to advance to the November general election against a Republican, almost all but assuring that one Democrat would become the eventual winner and the California’s new U.S. Senator.
If Porter were to win in 2024, she would be the first Orange County politician elected to serve in the United States Senate.
You can view Congresswoman Katie Porter’s official Senate campaign launch video here.
ICNV will continue to keep our readers updated as the campaign progresses, especially if more local Orange County officials decide to enter the race.
We will also be reporting on candidates who decide to run for Porter’s now-open Congressional seat. Two candidates who have already announced their intention of running are former Republican State Assemblymember Scott Baugh and former Democratic Congressman Harley Rouda. Baugh is a resident of Huntington Beach while Rouda resides in Newport Beach.
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