Our series on winning OC’s Congressional Districts continues today as we head down south (or is that east?) to the 44th District. Of all the OC districts, none shocked the pundits or challenged “conventional wisdom” more than this one. And if we Democrats are as smart as we say we are, we should be able to win here in 2010.
So how can I be so confident in saying this? Simple, just look at the numbers!. Barack Obama pulled off an upset win in the district by a 50-49 margin, and Democratic challenger Bill Hedrick came surprisingly close to defeating 8-term Republican incumbent Ken Calvert, as Calvert barely squeaked out a 51-49 win.
So what can we do to finish the job in 2010? Bill Hedrick’s 2008 campaign was run on a shoestring budget, so will a better funded Bill Hedrick 2010 campaign result in victory? And is Bill Hedrick still the best Democrat suited to win in the district?
The demographics of the 44th are rapidly changing, especially in the Riverside County part of the district. Still, the South County part of the district seemed to hold Hedrick back last year. So what can Democrats do to solidify our hold on Riverside while also making enough inroads in OC areas like Ladera Ranch and San Clemente to win?
Let’s talk about winning the 44th District. Got ideas? Let’s discuss them and see if they make a formula for success.
Oh yes, and please stay tuned as the series continues! Our next visit will be to West OC’s 46th District, and we’ll conclude with the 47th & 48th Districts. And in the coming months, stay here at TheLiberalOC.com as Campaign 2010 heats up.