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Darrell Issa launches exploratory committee in a possible challenge to Rep. Duncan Hunter

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Former rep Darrell Issa launched an exploratory Committee for a possible congressional bid, which could see him challenging embattled GOP Rep. Duncan Hunter only a year after he retired from the house.

The California Republican announced the news on his campaign website.

“I am officially an exploratory Committee for the 50 constituency in California,” Issa said on the Website.

To see former rep Darrell Issa, here on Capitol Hill last December, has made a step in the direction of challenging Rep. Duncan Hunter for a Southern California seat. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, file)

“I have such a tremendous outpouring of encouragement from supporters in the district and around the state and across the nation. I’m really grateful for the many encouraging calls, messages and Mails that I have received.”

Hunter, the faces of several campaign Finance violation charges, is scheduled to go on trial in January.

Issa, the former Chairman of the House Oversight Committee, retired from the Congress prior to the year 2018, the midterm-election after serving nine terms in the 49th District. He barely survived a hot contested election in 2016.

The seat Mike Levin, one of the plurality of seats went to the Democrat, the Democrats were able to topple to. Democrat Ammar Campa-will Najjar expected, for the 50 circuit city to come within a few points of unseating Hunter in the past year.

In this 1. July photo, Rep. Duncan Hunter leaves federal court after a hearing in San Diego. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy,file)

Hunter has the incumbency advantage, but Issa brings strong name recognition. President Trump appointed him head of the U.S. Trade and Development Agency.

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Hunter, a Marine Corps veteran, has pleaded not guilty to the charges against him.

His wife, Margaret Hunter, known to conspire guilty, to use with her husband campaign funds for personal expenses.

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