- Democratic Rep. Josh Harder will face Republican Ted Howze in California’s 10th Congressional District.
- The district is located in central California in the northern San Joaquin Valley area.
- Harder currently has $4.4 million in cash on hand remaining – 16 times more than Howze with just $254,000.
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First-term Rep. Josh Harder looks to defend his seat against Republican Ted Howze in California’s 10th Congressional District.
Harder, the former vice president of a venture capital firm, was elected in 2018 after defeating former three-term incumbent, Jeff Denham. He currently sits on the House Committee on Agriculture and the House Committee on Education and Labor.
Howze, Harder’s challenger, previously ran to represent the 10th District but did not make it past the Republican primary. He is a veterinarian, small business owner and the former planning commissioner of the city of Turlock. His campaign platform is centered on lowering the cost of medications, funding the police, and supporting 2nd Amendment rights.
Howze came under scrutiny earlier this year when Politico exposed dozens of posts on his Facebook and Twitter accounts expressing bigotry against Muslims, demeaning gun violence survivors, and spreading conspiracy theories. Howze maintained that he himself did not make the posts and said others who had access to his account posted.
In the wake of the controversy, the campaign arm of House Republicans pulled Howze out of their Young Guns program, and both the chair of the California Republican Party and House Minority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy, the highest-ranking House Republican, rescinded their endorsements of Howze.
California’s 10th Congressional District is located in the center of the state and the northern part of the San Joaquin Valley. The district is home to Stanislaus County and a portion of San Joaquin County as well. In 2016, residents of the district voted for Hillary Clinton by three points over now-President Donald Trump in a 49-46 split.
The money race
According to the Center for Responsive Politics, Harder has raised $5.4 million – over 5 times more than Howze with $1 million raised. Howze also has only $254,000 in cash on hand remaining until November, over 16 times less than Harder who has about $4.4 million left.
What experts say
The race between Harder and Howze is rated as “likely Democratic” by The Cook Political Report and “safe Democratic” according to Inside Elections and Sabato’s Crystal Ball at the University of Virginia Center for Politics.