Ousted Chairman Nunes faces Lanco in California congressional election



Story updated with video from House candidate Stephen House.

Rep. Elaine Luria, the Democratic nominee for Virginia’s 2nd Congressional District, will face Republican Mark Harris, a state senator, in this fall’s election.

Spanberger bested incumbent Republican Rep. Frank Lucas, a district representative, in the special election last week. Her victory left the Republican party with two House seats open in Virginia, and as we now know, Nunes faces the potentially of a 20th.

Nunes is facing off against Democrat Andrew Gillum for governor, making this a rematch of the 2016 primary campaign. Gillum defeated incumbent Republican Gov. Rick Scott last week to take his seat.

Spanberger’s win over Lucas could also become a referendum on the Democratic wave hitting the state after the successful special election last week for a seat in the Virginia House of Delegates.

The 2nd Congressional District, which overlaps heavily with the neighboring 4th Congressional District, is one of the bluest of the purple seats in Virginia.

Spanberger’s opponent in this election is Republican Mark Harris, a state senator who got swept up in the #MeToo wave over sexual misconduct allegations during a special election in 2017 and lost the seat when recount ballots were certified.

Harris was expelled from the state senate and could face a criminal investigation. A CBS News investigation into the allegations stated that Harris and his wife may have been involved in the sexual harassment. He denies the allegations but now finds himself running against the same district representative who failed him.

Luria, meanwhile, won the open seat in the previous election, defeating Democratic incumbent Scott Rigell. During that election, she earned a democratic primary endorsement from NARAL and Planned Parenthood Votes.

Harris won the GOP nomination last month, beating out state Del. Tom Rust, a Republican who remains a member of the state Senate. Harris then announced that he is helping Nunes out for this campaign.

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