Former Rep. Richard Pombo (R-CA), who lost his seat in 2006, will be trying to make a comeback
from a neighboring, open GOP-held seat.
Pombo, who was first elected to the House in 1992, lost in 2006 to Democrat Jerry McNerney, thanks in part to Pombo's ties to Jack Abramoff
. McNerney was re-elected in 2008 against a different Republican candidate, and Barack Obama even carried the historically-GOP district
Now, Pombo is seeking the Republican nomination for the more Republican seat
of GOP Rep. George Radanovich, who announced his retirement last week
. When Radanovich made his announcement, he also said that he had recruited state Sen. Jeff Denham to be the new Republican candidate. As a result, Pombo won't have a clear path to the nomination, but will instead have to go through a primary, in which his opponent is supporting by the retiring incumbent, in order to get back to Congress.