House Democrats can breathe a sigh of relief: their preferred candidate has squeaked through a primary in the race to replace retiring Rep. Gary Miller (R-Calif.), a top pickup opportunity.
Aguilar's narrow win comes because other Democrats — former Rep. Joe Baca (D-Calif.) and EMILY's List-backed attorney Eloise Gomez Reyes (D) — split the Democratic field.
The result means Democrats will be favored in the fall in a district President Obama won by a double-digit margin. Two years ago, they failed to get Aguilar through to the second round and cost themselves the seat. He'll face Republican Paul Chabot (R), the first-place finisher, this fall, where Aguilar will be heavily favored.