2018 Midterm Voter Guide

House of Representatives - 51st Congressional District

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The district includes all of Imperial County and the extreme southern portions of San Diego County that run across the U.S.–Mexico border. Cities in the district include National City, Chula Vista and El Centro.





Juan Vargas

Raised: $677,927.60 (06/30)

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Endorsements

California Labor Federation, California League of Conservation Voters, California Teachers Association, Equality California, SEIU California, and the Sierra Club .…more

 

Summary

Democrat in a very safe seat. Vargas is not a progressive, but his voting record is well-rated by liberal organizations devoted to reproductive rights, immigration reform, gun control, campaign reform, labor, education, and the environment


Analysis

The choice is between a mainstream Democrat and a law-and-order Republican, with the differences particularly stark on immigration.

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Juan Hidalgo

Raised: $31,169.85 (06/30)

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Endorsements

Republican Party of Imperial County, Imperial Beach Republican Club, San Diego East County Conservatives, Mountain Empire Gun Owners Association, San Diegans for Secure Borders, and Joe Arpaio, the former Arizona sheriff…more

 

Summary

Republican candidate Hidalgo mainly talks about high unemployment, deficient public education, and alleged border insecurity in the district, and holds Vargas ("the wrong Juan") responsible. Supports "The Wall"


Analysis

Hidalgo will be lucky to win one-third of the vote.