Retiring Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) — who announced his retirement in January, ending an 18-year career in Congress — told Fox News on Tuesday morning that he already knew what would come of the race for his seat.
“My district was never in play this cycle. And so it was never funded and quite frankly we know the results already and there will be a Democrat representing La Jolla to Solana Beach for the first time in a number of years,” he said. “But I have to remind people I took that part of the district from a Democrat and someday it will be taken back. For now California is leaning very hard to the left.”
Democrat Mike Levin is predicted to win the 49th District of California seat. FiveThirtyEight projects Levin has a 96 percent chance of beating Republican Diane Harkey.
Retiring Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) makes an early call: "It will be a Democrat representing La Jolla to Solana Beach for the first time in a number of years." pic.twitter.com/uJkILd0sFq
— TPM Livewire (@TPMLiveWire) November 6, 2018
Correction: This post originally suggested Levin had 96 percent of the vote, instead of 96 percent chance of winning. TPM regrets this error.