Scott Baugh (R) and Dave Min (D) are running in the CA-47 general election

Scott Baugh (R) and Dave Min (D) are running in the general election for California’s 47th Congressional District on November 5, 2024. Incumbent Katie Porter (D) ran for the U.S. Senate. Porter was re-elected in 2022 after defeating Baugh 52%-48% in the general election. She was first elected in 2018, defeating Republican incumbent Mimi Walters 52%-48%.

Politico said this race “could very well determine the balance of power in the House” in 2024. Both the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) and the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) listed the race as one of their top priorities in the 2024 election cycle.

Baugh is an attorney and former California Assembly member who served as the chairman of the Orange County Republican Party from 2004 to 2015. Federal spending and debt are key issues for Baugh, who says he would “find solutions to bring down spending and reign in our national debt.” Baugh also says Min is too progressive to represent the 47th district. “[Min’s] progressive policies are wrong for Orange County and voters will remember come November.”

Min was elected to the California Senate in 2020 and previously worked as an attorney and senior economic advisor to U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.). Min’s campaign has focused on abortion, gun violence, and climate change. Min said that as a state senator, he “passed 28 bills, including eight protecting domestic violence survivors” and “[took] on the gun lobby, Big Oil, and anti-choice MAGA extremists.” The California Democratic Party and Porter endorsed Min.

Four major race ratings outlets rated this election Lean/Tilt Democratic or Toss-Up as of July 9.