High Noon in Orange County

The inestimably horrid OC congressman and Trump enthusiast Darrell Issa is running an exceedingly dirty campaign against a surprisingly strong Democratic opponent, attorney and retired Marine colonel Doug Applegate. Issa won the 2012 and 2014 primaries by at least 30%. But in June, he out-polled Applegate by only 5.3%, less than the GOP’s 8.4-point advantage in voter registration, despite Applegate's much weaker name recognition and despite outspending the Democrat $740,000 to $50,000 -- nearly 15-1.

Needless to say, Applegate has the attention of the Democratic organization with an attendant increase in donations since June, but he's running against the richest person in Congress, so help out if you can: Doug Applegate for Congress.

The rest of the story:
Darrell Issa Gets Viable Challenger (Rollcall)
Issa may face tough re-election by Martin Wisckol (OC Register)

Extra credit:
(Don't Look Back: Darrell Issa, the congressman about to make life more difficult for President Obama, has had some troubles of his own by Ryan Lizza (The New Yorker)
Not So Grand: Behind Rep. Darrell Issa’s Three Auto Theft Accusations by Tommy Christopher (MEDIAite)

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