Voter’s Edge: California’s 17th Congressional District

Daniel Stevens | November 01, 2014

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October 31, 2014 -- The race to represent northeastern Silicon Valley is decidedly competitive.  Seven-term Democratic Representative Mike Honda is facing a tough reelection battle against fellow Democrat Ro Khanna, a patent attorney.  Though they agree on most issues, the two candidates contrast in age and fundraising, with the 38-year-old tech industry darling Khanna pitted against the more traditionally liberal 73-year-old Honda.  

Silicon Valley has strongly endorsed Khanna who has raised $2.6 million from tech companies like Google ($71,975), Y Combinator ($27,000), and Seagate ($26,800).  In contrast, Rep. Honda has raised $2.4 million from Democratic stalwarts like the American Federation of Teachers (15,000), the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union ($12,000) and the National Education Association ($10,850).  The latest polling shows a close race with 24 percent of voters still undecided.

Editor's Note: If you use MapLight data, please cite us. MapLight is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization that reveals money's influence on politics.

Methodology: MapLight analysis of campaign contributions to the primary controlled committees associated with candidates on California's November ballot from January 1, 2013 - September 3, 2014. Top contributor figures are based on itemized records, aggregated by employer for individual donors and by affiliate organization for political action committees. Total raised figures are based on summaries submitted by candidate committees in Form 460 reports. All numbers are based on latest data made available by the California Secretary of State as of September 3, 2014.

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