Retiring Republican Rep. Darrell Issa conceded Tuesday morning — before the polls were open — that it would be the Democratic candidate that replaces him in California’s 49th District, according to RawStory.
> The district, which Hillary Clinton won handily in the 2016 election, is now the subject of a fight between Republican Diane Harkey and Democrat Mike Levin.
> But on Tuesday, Issa went on Fox News and conceded that the Democrat would win even before the polls opened. This despite the fact that his would-be Republican successor was still trying to rally voters.
> “Quite frankly, we know the results already, there will be a Democrat representing La Jolla and Solana Beach for the first time in a number of years,” he said. “For now, California is leaning very hard to the left.”
Despite the fact that California has seven Republican-held seats in districts that went to Clinton in 2016, Issa believes his is the only seat the party will lose this time around.
> “We’ve been outspent two-to-one, but there’s been enough money to get the message out there,” he said.