Republican disruptor in California: How Steve Garvey’s run for Congress could reshape the political landscape

In his Republican bid for California’s vacant Senate seat, former baseball star Steve Garvey is appealing to middle-class voters by blending policies targeting everyday issues with a touch of nostalgia.

Launching his campaign in October, Garvey has moved into second place, according to polling released in late December, leading Democratic career politicians, Reps. (D-CA) Katie Porter and Barbara Lee (D-CA). While he trails front-runner Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) by nine points, Garvey finds himself in a unique position to rally Republican voters from his home bases.

Garvey retired from Major League Baseball in 1987 following a career as an all-star infielder with the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres that spanned 19 years. His legendary status could feed into his electability if he can garner enough GOP support.

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