Democrat Raul Ruiz challenged by Republican with the same name in California race

Democrat Raul Ruiz challenged by Republican with the same name in California race
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Voters in California's 36th District might have a choice between Raul RuizRaul RuizHispanic Democrats demand flu vaccines for detained migrants Private equity-funded doctors coalition spends million lobbying on 'surprise' medical billing CBO: Fix backed by doctors for surprise medical bills would cost billions MORE and Raul Ruiz in the 2020 election for the contested seat. 

A Republican Raul Ruiz announced Thursday that he was entering the race against incumbent Democratic Rep. Raul Ruiz.


Ruiz, the Republican, said he is running because "he sees the big government policies that AOC [Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezJayapal: 'We will end up with another Trump' if the US doesn't elect progressive NYT editorial board endorses Warren, Klobuchar for Democratic nomination for president Congressional Progressive Caucus co-chair Jayapal endorses Sanders MORE (D-N.Y.)], Congressman Ruiz and the rest of the liberal partisans in Congress are pushing and knows that they are threatening what makes this country great — our ability to start and grow businesses, support our families, and improve our communities," according to his website.

He has enlisted Republican strategist Peter Towney, who used to work on campaigns for the National Republican Senate Committee, as a political consultant for his congressional bid, the Palm Springs Desert Sun reported. 

Rep. Ruiz was first elected in 2012 and won reelection with 59 percent of the vote

The district leans slightly Democratic, according to the Cook Political report, which gave it a D+2 rating. 

According to the Desert Sun, the challenger lives in California's 41st Congressional District, currently represented by Rep. Mark TakanoMark Allan TakanoGOP claims vindication, but Van Drew decision doesn't spark defections Mark Takano keeps using partisan tactics when legislating veterans issues Hillicon Valley: Google buying Fitbit for .1B | US launches national security review of TikTok | Twitter shakes up fight over political ads | Dems push committee on 'revenge porn' law MORE (D), and he pulled out of a City Council election in Perris, Calif., after he admitted that he misrepresented his address. The newspaper noted that congressional candidates don't have to live in the districts they represent.

This is not the first time two candidates with the same name have gone head to head. In 2018, Kansas Rep. Ron EstesRonald (Ron) Gene EstesElectric Avenue: The Democrats' crusade to rob from the poor to build electric cars for the rich Pompeo expected to visit Kansas on Thursday Congress must enact greater taxpayer protections MORE (R) faced another Ron Estes in the Republican primary.