While many poll watchers say Rep. Ed Royce has little to worry about in his
bid for reelection in a newly redrawn 39th Congressional District, his
challenger Jay Chen is mounting a feisty battle against the incumbent.
Royce, the conservative Republican from Fullerton, carried a 36-point lead in
the primary over Chen, a Democrat and Hacienda La Puente Unified School District
Board Member. Royce also enjoys a 7.8 percentage point lead in registered
Republican voters over registered Democrats – 39.9 percent to 32.1 percent.
But the newly drawn district includes several cities Royce has never
represented, including Hacienda Heights, Rowland Heights, Walnut, Diamond Bar
and Chino Hills. The district also includes Buena Park, Fullerton and Placentia,
which Royce has long represented.
Still, the district is considered “safe” for Royce and though the David and
Goliath matchup is producing some fierce battles, most pundits predict Royce
will win the war.
Read more in Steve Scauzillo’s story CHEN.