Coachella Valley no stranger to outside-the-district candidates

January 7th, 2014 | by Erica Felci | Comments

In case you missed it: Former state lawmaker Ray Haynes today confirmed to The Desert Sun that he’s looking to enter the 36th Congressional campaign.

Although the 36th Congressional District stretches across Riverside County, Haynes would have to move in order to run against Democratic Rep. Raul Ruiz and Republican Assemblyman Brian Nestande.

Haynes would not be the first conservative to do that.

In 2010, tea party supporters encouraged Republican Clayton Thibodeau to move from San Diego County to Hemet so he could challenge then-Rep. Mary Bono, a Palm Springs Republican who represented what was then the 45th Congressional District.

Thibodeau lost in the primary by wide margin, but his candidacy forced Bono to spend money in the primary cycle that she could have banked for the fall general election.

California now has a top-two primary election system, so the two biggest vote getters will move onto the November ballot regardless of political affiliation.

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