Defeated House challengers sign up to run again

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  • Source: NBC News
  • 05/24/2023

Several House candidates who lost their races in 2022 are planning to run again in 2024, setting up potential rematches in key swing districts.

On Tuesday, former federal prosecutor and 2022 Democratic nominee Will Rollins announced he would seek a rematch against GOP Rep. Ken Calvert in California's 41st District.

In a statement announcing his campaign, Rollins highlighted that the 2022 election was the closest of Calvert's career, which has included ten years in Congress.

Rollins lost to Calvert by nearly 5 percentage points last year.

Also on Tuesday, Michelle Vallejo, an activist who was the Democratic nominee for the House in Texas' 15th District, announced she was running again.

She was bested by now-Rep. Monica De La Cruz, R-Texas, who beat Vallejo by nearly 9 percentage points.

In addition to Vallejo and Rollins' announcements this week, other Democratic candidates making a comeback include attorney Josh Riley in New York's 19th District and former state Sen. Kirsten Engel, the former Democratic nominee in Arizona's 6th District. Republican Air Force veteran J.R. Majewski is also running again in Ohio’s 9th District

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