Republican Darrell Issa has represented the 49th Congressional District for nearly 20 years, but new signs are pointing to a Democrat taking that House seat in the November election.
Republican Diane Harkey is vying for the position against Democrat Mike Levin. The district runs from coastal North San Diego County into Southern Orange County.
Speaking to the Republican Party of San Diego County at an event this month, Harkey said some are losing hope in her campaign. She rallied attendees at the Town and Country Resort on keeping the 49th a Republican seat. After an enthusiastic response, she told the crowd:
"We need them to hear that in D.C. because a lot of people are giving up on us. We are not giving up on the 49th. It's a beautiful district."
Now, campaign finance data shows that Levin outraised Harkey in the most recent quarter by more than threefold. Levin took in about $2.3 million, while Harkey generated about $615,000.