06/04/2014 12:36 am ET Updated Jun 04, 2014

Mike Honda Advances In Primary For California House Seat


Rep. Mike Honda (D-Calif.) finished first in California's nonpartisan primary Tuesday, the Associated Press reports.

The incumbent faced a vigorous primary challenge from Democratic attorney Ro Khanna, who is also expected to advance Tuesday to November's general election.

The Silicon-Valley area 17th District race attracted national attention in part because Khanna enlisted a number of President Barack Obama's former campaign aides as he worked to convince voters that the district needed a more tech-aware representative in Congress.

The Huffington Post's Amanda Terkel and Samantha Lachman offered more details on the race earlier this week:

The top-two House primary in this Silicon Valley area, Asian-American majority district has it all: an infusion of campaign contributions from tech industry leaders, ethics complaints, lawsuits and heavy spending by outside groups hoping to prevent an upstart Democrat from knocking off a seven-term incumbent. Rep. Mike Honda (D-Calif.) is trying to beat back a strong challenge from attorney and former Obama administration official Ro Khanna. Honda has the backing of President Barack Obama and California's Democratic establishment, as well as support from groups like the local AFL-CIO, Sierra Club and Planned Parenthood's Action Fund. Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, Google Chairman Eric Schmidt, Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg, PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel and Napster co-founder Sean Parker have all donated to Khanna's campaign. Political observers expect both Honda and Khanna to advance to November's general election, though two Republicans -- Stanford physician Dr. Vanila Singh and tech recruiter Joel Vanlandingham -- could act as spoilers.



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