Brian Maryott will face Democratic Rep. Mike Levin in a district Republicans hope to flip

Democratic Rep. Mike Levin, left, and Republican Brian Maryott
The candidates for the 49th Congressional District are incumbent Democratic Rep. Mike Levin, left, and Republican Brian Maryott, former San Juan Capistrano mayor.

Democratic Rep. Mike Levin will face Republican Brian Maryott in the fall election in the 49th Congressional District, which straddles Orange and San Diego counties. The district is viewed by the GOP as a possible pickup as it aims to retake control of Congress.

After redistricting, Democrats here have a little more than a 2-point voter edge. Maryott, one of three main Republicans competing to take on the two-term incumbent, emerged Wednesday as the second-place finisher in the primary. The former mayor of San Juan Capistrano partly funded his own campaign and was endorsed by the state GOP.

During the primary, Levin sent out mailers to GOP voters in the district that emphasized another candidate’s support of the repeal of Roe vs. Wade, the landmark 1973 decision that legalized abortion across the nation and that the Supreme Court is poised to overturn — messaging that would likely boost the candidate’s credentials among conservatives. Maryott, the mailer said, had not taken a public position on Roe.

Maryott responded that he has consistently opposed abortion and that Levin had “clearly shown his hand” in which rival he wanted to face in the general election.


This race is one of several in the state expected to be hotly contested by both parties in November. Republicans are expected to take control of at least one chamber of Congress, and California’s congressional delegation, which will still be the largest in the nation at 52 members despite losing a seat after reapportionment, will help determine how much power Republicans have.

Sen. Alex Padilla advances to the general election, twice. Rep. Mike Garcia and Christy Smith will face off a third time in northern L.A. County.

June 7, 2022

GOP schools trustee to face Long Beach mayor for open seat

Republican John Briscoe, left, and Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia
Republican John Briscoe, left, and Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia will compete in the general election for an open congressional seat in a new, overwhelmingly Democratic, Latino-majority district stretching from southeast L.A. cities down to Long Beach.

GOP schools trustee John Briscoe won the second spot in the November runoff to represent a new, overwhelmingly Democratic, Latino-majority district that stretches from southeast L.A. cities down to Long Beach.

Democrat Robert Garcia, Long Beach’s mayor, had already clinched the top spot. Briscoe, an Ocean View School District trustee and a real estate broker, edged out Democratic Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia as the runner-up in the top-two primary. Democrats have a 38-point voter registration edge in the new 42nd Congressional District.

The state’s redistricting commission combined chunks of districts represented by two veteran members of Congress, who both announced in December that they would retire at the end of their terms.

Robert Garcia had a significant edge in endorsements and fundraising in the race. One of his first television ads highlighted Briscoe’s ties to former President Trump, a move political experts saw as an effort to raise the profile of a weaker rival. With the district’s deep blue tilt, a Republican opponent would face a far more difficult climb in November.