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U.S. House District CA-45

Political observers are closely watching Congressional District 45 in Orange County where Republican congressional member Mimi Walters has been pummeled by Democrats for her staunch support of President Trump and his policies. The Times poll has Democratic candidate Katie Porter running ahead of Walters. Voters in Irvine, Orange, Laguna Niguel, Lake Forest and Mission Viejo are part of this district and will help decide the election, which may well reflect a plebiscite on the president. Independents here, as in other close Orange County district races, could prove the difference in picking the winner.

Katie Porter

Age unknown

Law professor

Katie Porter
Democrat

Mimi Walters

Age 56

Incumbent

Mimi Walters
Republican

Katie Porter has a slight lead.

In a joint poll conducted by The New York Times and Siena College, 32,227 calls were made to residents of California's 45th Congressional District from Sept. 21-25 with 518 people responding to questions. Margin of error: +/- 4.5. See poll methodology here.

Katie Porter

48%

Mimi Walters

43%

Undecided

8%

The poll's questions covered a variety of issues related to immigration, crime and approval or disapproval of the job President Trump is doing.

Do you approve or disapprove of the job Donald Trump is doing as president?
Approve
41%
Disapprove
55%
Don't know
4%
Do you support repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare?
Support
41%
Oppose
55%
Don't know
5%

Click here to see the full list of questions and their responses.

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We sent each candidate a questionnaire to complete. Here's what they had to say.
NOTE: Responses were published verbatim as they were received with no edits for grammar, spelling, punctuation or clarity. Paragraph breaks were added in some cases for legibility.
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Candidate bio
Katie Porter

Did not respond

Pitch to voters
Katie Porter

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Top district problem
Katie Porter

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Constituent concerns
Katie Porter

Did not respond

Sanctuary laws
Katie Porter

Did not respond

Gas tax
Katie Porter

Did not respond

Housing crisis
Katie Porter

Did not respond

Affordable health care
Katie Porter

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Candidate bio
Mimi Walters

Did not respond

Pitch to voters
Mimi Walters

Did not respond

Top district problem
Mimi Walters

Did not respond

Constituent concerns
Mimi Walters

Did not respond

Sanctuary laws
Mimi Walters

Did not respond

Gas tax
Mimi Walters

Did not respond

Housing crisis
Mimi Walters

Did not respond

Affordable health care
Mimi Walters

Did not respond