Emilio Huerta, a Bakersfield attorney and the son of civil rights legend Dolores Huerta, is ending his campaign to replace Rep. David Valadao, R-Hanford, in the U.S. House of Representatives according to the Fresno Bee.
Huerta said he would instead focus on helping other Democrats win election to various levels of government office.
Huerta ran against Valadao in 2016 and lost by13 percentage points. He should have done better since Hillary Clinton easily won the district.
The Democrats have targeted Valadao’s 21st District for years, as the poor, predominantly Latino district leans heavily to the left. As of January, nearly 47 percent of the district’s registered voters are Democrats, while just over 28 percent are Republicans.
Despite the clear demographic hurdle, Valadao – a Spanish-speaking dairy farmer and the son of Portuguese immigrants from the Azores Islands – has soundly beaten Democratic challengers in three elections.
It looks like he wins again.