Progressive Congressman Mike Honda Ousted In Silicon Valley
Huffington Post - 3 months
Attorney Ro Khanna defeated Rep. Mike Honda (D-Calif.) in the race to represent California’s 17th District, ousting the progressive congressman from the seat he’s held for more than 15 years.
Honda, first elected to Congress in 2000, ran on his legislative record, touting his work on issues such as education, income inequality and civil rights. But Khanna, a lawyer who served under President Barack Obama in the Department of Commerce, painted himself as an energetic replacement for Honda and made the congressman’s ethics probe a key issue in the campaign.
Khanna and Honda are both Democrats. Under California’s “jungle” primary system, the top two finishers in a primary advance to the general election, regardless of party affiliation. While there was little daylight between the two candidates on most issues, Honda and Khanna represented battling factions of the Democratic Party. Honda, a progressive stalwart allied with labor unions, appealed to voters as a champion of working
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