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Democrats launch early effort to unseat Ed Royce, Darrell Issa from Congress - OC Register

by Tony Saavedra 

The Democratic Party has launched an unprecedented early effort to unseat GOP representatives in 20 congressional districts across the country in 2018, including Orange County’s Ed Royce and Darrell Issa.

Royce, R-Fullerton, and Issa, R-Vista, and others are being targeted by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee for an early, all-out push by local activists to harness the energy from recent marches, rallies and protests against actions taken by President Donald Trump. Issa also represents parts of south Orange County.

“This unprecedented DCCC investment will help capture that energy, engage voters and help make their voices heard,” the group said in a news release Thursday.

Full-time, local organizers will be hired by the Democratic Party to work with constituents, the release said.

The vast majority of the targeted members of Congress are from GOP districts that voted for Hillary Clinton over Trump, such as districts represented by Issa and Royce. One other Calfornia congressman on the group’s radar is Jeff Denham, R-Turlock, whose district also favored Clinton.

Officials from Royce’s and Issa’s offices did not immediately return requests for comment late Thursday.

The Democratic effort is being called “March into ’18.” Organizers will help constituents mobilize, launch “events” and create ads, said the release.

Contact the writer: tsaavedra@scng.com

Allison Stratton