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: