Tustin, July 5
Several hundred enthusiastic Katie Porter volunteers met at the Porter campaign headquarters today to celebrate her June 5 primary selection as the Democratic candidate for Congress in CA-45. Porter will face Republican incumbent Mimi Walters in the November election.
The crowd consisted of both volunteer veterans and many newcomers excited to begin working to support Porter in the race. Porter coasted to victory over other Dems in the primary amid a groundswell of Democratic voters. Democratic turnout in the district was up 213% over 2014; Republican turnout increased by 37%. Campaign staff were enthusiastic about Porter’s chances of victory against a complacent Republican incumbent in a rapidly changing district.
Campaign manager Erica Kwiatkowski spoke to the assembly about the game plan going forward, which will involve canvassing over the summer–well in advance of the usual fall get-out-the-vote push. The crowd then split up into groups from various parts of the district.
Porter, taking a short, well-deserved vacation from her non-stop campaign effort, was unable to attend, but that did little to dampen spirits. Katie plans to be at the 45 Unity Party on July 21.