Duel in the desert: Veteran GOP lawmaker defends dramatically redrawn inland district key to House control

PALM DESERT, California — The budding White House race between President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump is hardly the only campaign rematch worth watching heading into November.

The neck-and-neck fight for a House majority will play out in California’s 41st Congressional District, with its eastern edge about a two-hour drive east of Los Angeles, depending on traffic. The contest to represent the sprawling district, covering the southern Riverside suburbs to Palm Springs, is a rematch from 2022 between Democrat Will Rollins, a former federal prosecutor, and Rep. Ken Calvert (R-CA), first elected to the House in 1992. Before his current district was redrawn after the 2020 census by California’s independent redistricting commission, Calvert had represented a series of considerably more conservative Inland Empire constituencies.


The House race will
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