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Darrell Issa opens an exploratory committee to challenge Rep. Duncan Hunter



Former MP Darrell Issa deployed an exploratory committee in a possible congressional bid that allowed him to compete against the embattled GOP MP Duncan Hunter only a year after his resignation from the House of Representatives.

"I officially launched an Exploratory Committee for the 50th Congressional District in California," Issa said on the website.

  Former Rep. Darrell Issa, who was seen here on Capitol Hill last December, has taken a step toward calling Rep. Duncan Hunter for a seat in Southern California. (AP Photo / Manuel Balce Ceneta, file)

Former Deputy Darrell Issa, who appeared here on Capitol Hill last December, has taken a step towards challenging Duncan Hunter for a seat in Southern California. (AP Photo / Manuel Balce Ceneta, file)

"I have received so much encouragement from supporters in the district, across the state, and across the nation, and I'm really grateful for the many encouraging calls, messages, and letters I've received." 19659003] Hunter, who is facing multiple charges for campaign eligibility, is scheduled to go to trial in January. He barely survived a highly competitive 2016 election.

His seat went to the Democrat Mike Levin, one of several seats that could turn Democrats. Democrat Ammar Campa-Najjar is expected to run for the fiftieth district court, having scored some points ahead of Hunter's retirement last year.

  Rep. Duncan Hunter leaves federal court following a hearing in San Diego on this July 1 photo. (AP Photo / Denis Poroy, file)

On July 1, Rep. Duncan Hunter leaves federal court following a hearing in San Diego. (AP Photo / Denis Poroy, file)

Hunter has the Incumbency advantage, but Issa is well known. President Trump appointed him head of the US Trade and Development Agency.

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Hunter, a veteran of the Marine Corps, pleaded guilty funds for personal expenses.


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