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February 20, 2009

No McNerney-Andal rematch

Rep. Jerry McNerney (D-Calif.) won’t be facing a rematch against his 2008 Republican opponent, Dean Andal.

Shooting down speculation that he was looking to run again, Andal announced today that he will not be running again.

“It was a spirited campaign this last time around,” Andal said in a statement, “but I?ve decided on a different path — one that still gives me an opportunity to stand up for California taxpayers.”

Andal lost by 10 points to McNerney, 55 to 45 percent, even though the district has a slight Republican registration advantage. Former state Assemblyman Guy Houston has been mentioned as a possible McNerney challenger in 2010.