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49th District race: Rep. Darrell Issa believes Democrat will take his seat

Posted: 9:24 AM, Nov 06, 2018
Updated: 2018-11-06 21:18:41Z

(KGTV) - Before polls in California even opened for voting Tuesday, outgoing Rep. Darrell Issa said he believed his soon-to-be former district -- the 49th -- will be represented by Democrat Mike Levin.

In an interview with Fox News Tuesday morning, the Republican Issa said, “Quite frankly, we know the results already. There will be a Democrat representing La Jolla and Solana Beach for the first time in a number of years. I have to remind people: I took that part of the district from a Democrat, and someday it’ll be taken back. For now, California is leaning very hard to the left.”

“We’ve been outspent two- or three-to-one,” Issa added.

Heading into Election Day, a 10News/San Diego Union-Tribune poll showed Levin with a seemingly comfortable lead over Republican Diane Harkey .

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After announcing earlier this year that he would not be seeking reelection, Issa went on 10News and endorsed Harkey’s run to take over his seat .

"She's probably more skilled coming to office than I was. She has that solid understanding to keep California in the spotlight,” Issa said of Harkey at the time.

In September, the 64-year-old Issa was nominated by the Trump administration to lead the U.S. Trade and Development Agency.