CONGRESS | 17TH DISTRICT | After all the hype, Rep. Mike Honda scored a 21-point win over upstart challenger Ro Khanna Tuesday night in the 17th Congressional District primary.
Honda called the result a “decisive victory” before congratulating Khanna for advancing to the November General Election. However, Doug Greven, Honda’s campaign manager, called the win a “clear rejection of Ro Khanna.”
Honda took 48.6 percent of the vote, followed by Khanna with 27.1 percent. Vanila Singh, a Republican, finished third with 16.9 percent, along with Joel Vanlandingham at 7.3 percent.
Afterwards, Khanna challenged Honda to five debates in the fall. At a May forum in Fremont, Honda told reporters he would indeed faceoff with Khanna in an unspecified number of debates.
Despite the point spread, the fall campaign should continue to be a national newsmaker. However, the significant fundraising advantage Khanna once possessed will not likely be there over the next five months. Honda already showed a slim lead in cash during the last campaign fundraising period.