Former state legislator
Strickland edged Knight in a field of eight candidates -- four
McKeon endorsed Strickland, who lost a race in a neighboring congressional district in 2012.
The district still leans Republican, but the campaign arm of the House Democrats is keeping a close eye on it and would like to eventually wrest it from the GOP.
The district lies mainly in the northern reaches of Los Angeles County, including Palmdale and Lancaster, but also slices into Simi Valley in Ventura County.