Pete Aguilar

Aguilar

Monday, October 27, 2104 – 02:00 p.m.

Guess who’s coming to lunch?

Vice President Joe Biden is reportedly heading to the Inland Empire on Saturday.

His mission? Help drive up turnout in the 31st Congressional District.

Wasn’t this race already in the bag for Democrats?

The race between Pete Aguilar (D-Redlands) and Paul Chabot (R-Rancho Cucamonga) must be closer than anyone ever expected. Just a small drop off in Democrat turnout could spell doom for Aguilar, and open the door for Chabot to sneak in for a two-year stint in the U.S. House of Representatives.

In 2016, the presidential election year, it’ll be much tougher for a GOP contender in a district with a six-point democrat registration advantage.

We’ve always said Aguilar is a piss-poor campaigner. Now it looks as if nothing’s changed on that front.

In 2012, Aguilar lost in the June primary, when Republicans Gary Miller and Bob Dutton made the runoff. If Aguilar blows it again, this will likely be the last time he makes a bid for Congress, or anything else for that matter.

Something in the polling numbers must have the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), the national organization backing Aguilar, a little nervous.

It appears so nervous as to actually send Biden here.

If a woefully-underfunded Chabot is actually in contention in a state like California, it speaks volumes about Democrat chances nationwide.