Former chemistry professor Phil Janowicz (D) became the second Democrat to drop out of the race for retiring Rep. Ed Royce’s (R) seat, decreasing the possibility that the party will get shut out of the top-two primary. 2012 nominee Jay Chen (D) ended his bid as well.
Janowicz: “The chance to flip this seat, just as we’ve seen with so many across the country, is very real, but is also difficult based on sheer math. It is with this in mind, that I announce I will not be completing the filing process and therefore will not be on the ballot for the June primary.” (release)
Top Democrats in the race include: lottery winner Gil Cisneros (D) and nonprofit founder Andy Thorburn (D). Top Republicans include former Royce staffer Young Kim (R) and former state Senate Minority Leader Bob Huff (R).