GOP “Young Gun” Scott Baugh Challenges Congresswoman Katie Porter

Baugh has been gaining momentum and party support in recent weeks against a powerful and well-established Democrat incumbent.

The race for California’s 47th Congressional District is heating up, with Republican challenger Scott Baugh earning key party support.

Baugh, along with a handful of other candidates, was recently recognized in the National Republican Congressional Committee’s “Young Guns” program. He also received the endorsement of the Congressional Leadership Fund.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said in a statement that “The newest candidates to the (Young Guns) list show how we plan to take back the House by holding their Democrat opponents accountable for the disastrous policies we have seen from the One Party Democrat Rule of Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi.”

The race in the 47th Congressional District is considered to be highly competitive, and it will be a key seat for Republicans to win in the upcoming 2022 midterms. Currently, Democrats control a narrow majority in the House of Representatives, with Republicans needing to flip only five seats to regain the majority. The party in control of the White House has traditionally fared poorly in midterm elections, and Democrats face low generic polling numbers.

Baugh is an attorney and longtime Huntington Beach resident, who served in the California State Assembly from 1995 through 2000. He is running against several other Republicans in the upcoming primary election, which will take place on June 7. If he wins, he will most likely face off against Democrat incumbent Katie Porter in the November general election.

Porter has represented California’s 45th Congressional District since 2018, and is running for reelection in the 47th District in 2022 because of redistricting. The new 47th District covers much of central Orange County, including Katie Porter’s home city of Irvine. In her relatively brief Congressional tenure, Porter has been recognized as a top progressive member of the House, and she is one of the most left-wing candidates running in a swing district.

As of the end of 2021, Baugh has spent much less money on his campaign than Porter, with Porter spending over ten million dollars and Baugh just over half a million. However, Baugh has outspent all three of his Republican contenders.

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