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Pro-Israel Group Spent Millions in Tight Race for Southern California House Seat – and Lost

Aipac ran ads highlighting Dave Min’s 2023 drunk-driving arrest, yet Min beat out other Democrats in primary for Katie Porter’s seat. (Click image for article.)

Photo: Then US secretary of state Mike Pompeo speaks during the Aipac policy conference in Washington DC on 2 March 2020. Photograph: Erik S Lesser/EPA

 

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (Aipac), the most powerful pro-Israel lobby group in the US, poured more than $4.5m into an Orange county congressional race in hopes of keeping Dave Min from advancing to the November election.

But on Tuesday, the California state senator did exactly that – outpacing his Democratic competitor Joanna Weiss to come in second in the primary for the seat of Congresswoman Katie Porter.

The seat is crucial to Democrats hoping to wrestle control of the House of Representatives from Republicans. Come November, Min will face off with Republican Scott Baugh to represent the southern California district in the House.

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