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CA17: Roll Call says Honda among most vulnerable

Roll Call has deemed Rep. Mike Honda, D-San Jose, one of its “10 Most Vulnerable Members of 2014.”

Here’s the readout:

The congressman is worse off than he was six months ago, and momentum has shifted away from him in this Silicon Valley-based district.

California Democratic operatives said Honda’s campaign may have taken its early lead in polling for granted. At the end of March, fellow Democrat Ro Khanna’s campaign had built a nearly $2 million war chest. That’s almost double what Honda had in the bank then.

More telling is that Khanna’s team — led by former top Obama campaign strategist Jeremy Bird — has forced Honda to go on defense, pushing him to agree to a debate schedule.

Honda has even lost support from one of the region’s largest newspapers, The San Francisco Chronicle. The paper endorsed Khanna over the weekend, calling him “an upgrade.”

Also, Khanna launched his third television ad last week, focusing on the aftermath of the 2010 closure of the New United Motor Manufacturing Inc. (NUMMI) in Fremont:

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.