LOS ANGELES (AP) - An environmental attorney has snagged a spot in the hotly contested race to replace outgoing Republican Rep. Darrell Issa in Southern California.
Democrat Mike Levin will face Republican Diane Harkey in the November contest for the 49th District that runs through parts of San Diego and Orange Counties.
A tally of late-arriving ballots showed Levin finished second in a crowded field in Tuesday’s primary election, about 8 points behind Harkey.
Under California election rules, only the top two vote-getters advance to November, regardless of party affiliation.
Democrats targeted the seat after the district was carried by Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential contest.
The second spot remains unsettled in the 48th District, held by Republican Rep. Dana Rohrabacher. Democrats Hans Keirstead and Harley Rouda are dueling for the second spot.
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