In Defying the Odds, we discuss state and congressional races as well as the presidential election.
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA-49) just announced that he will not seek reelection. He had a very close race in 2016 and was going to be a top Democratic target in 2018.
There is a stark regional divide in California politics: not just north-south, but coastal-inland.
Issa is one of just two California Republican House members whose district touches the Pacific Ocean. The other is Dana Rohrabacher. Both districts are potential Democratic pickupsl
That is not mere coincidence. Coastal districts have different demographics and economics, They are also more attuned to environmental issues, and the Trump administration's decision to allow new offshore oil drilling (except in Florida) is likely to be unpopular in any district where one can smell seawater.