History Of California 's 30th Congressional District Essay

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After the Progressive movement in Congress, party machines were practically unable to recruit and underwrite experienced challengers, which lead to an increase in careerism in Congress (Jacobson and Carson 2016). However, the few experienced candidates who become quality challengers have become more selective, which has challenged vulnerable incumbents (Jacobson and Carson 2016). Incumbents can lose for a number of reasons, such as, troublesome issues, getting out of touch with the district, personal scandal, or facing a quality challenger (Moffett 2016). While the initial three reasons can affect an incumbent, the final reason is the most relevant in the case of California’s 25th Congressional district. A quality challenger has a number of assets that can boost their likelihood of defeating an incumbent, including: the holding of prior elective office, name recognition, independently wealthy, clean reputation, reflects the district’s characteristics, and has the party’s backing (Moffett 2016). Mr. Caforio quickly put to use one of the quality challenger benefits as he gained the democrat party backing when he surged into second place in the primary elections beating out the already backed candidate Lou Vince. After his second place finish just months after declaring his run, Democrats saw him a part of the new wave of Democrats who could move the dial toward Democrat majority in the House (Kane 2016). Party endorsement matters, especially in Congressional races because it…

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