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Critics Mock Katie Porter's Claim California Senate Primary 'Rigged' By Billionaires

'A few billionaires spent $10 million+ on attack ads against me'

Critics Mock Katie Porter's Claim California Senate Primary 'Rigged' By Billionaires

Critics of California Rep. Katie Porter's mocked her failed bid for a Golden State Senate seat.

Fellow Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff edged Porter out of the November general election by 21.8 points in Tuesday's election.

Porter thanked her supporters in a thread shared to her X account claiming her Senate run "had the establishment running scared" by withstanding her opponents outspending her in their campaigns.

"It's clear Californians are hungry for leaders who break the mold, can't be bought, and push for the accountability in government and across our economy," Porter wrote. "And that's exactly what Americans deserve."

"Special interests like politics as it is today because they control the politicians. As we’ve seen in this campaign, they spend millions to defeat someone who will dilute their influence and disrupt the status quo," she added.

Shortly after her thread, Porter released a statement insisting the California Senate primary election was "rigged" by "a few billionaires."

"A few billionaires spent $10 million+ on attack ads against me, including an ad rated 'false' by an independent fact checker," Porter's statement read. "That is dishonest means to manipulate an outcome."

"I say 'rigged by billionaires' and our politics are—in fact—manipulated by dark money," she continued. "Defending democracy means calling that out."

Porter noted "at no time" has she undermined vote counts or election processes in the Golden State, referring to the act as "beyond reproach."

Critics of the California representative mocked Porter's response to her loss, referencing her frequently used whiteboard which she uses during congressional meetings.

"Why don't you write something on a whiteboard about this," wrote The Daily Wire's Ben Shapiro.

Conservative commentator Steve Guest similarly shared an image of a white board reading, "Statistics predict odds," "Voters decide elections," and "Katie Porter lost."

NRCC Communications Director Jack Pandol shared a photo of Porter dressed as DC Comic's Batwoman.

"By 'establishment' she means The Penguin, Two-Face, and Catwoman," he wrote.


Schiff and lone Republican candidate Steve Garvey will face off for California's Senate seat that was held by Dianne Feinstein for 30 years before her 2023 passing. Republicans have not won a United States Senate seat in California since 1988.

Garvey touted his advancement to the November general election as the "California comeback" during his Tuesday night victory speech.

"What you all are feeling tonight is what it's like to hit a walk off home run," Garvey said. "Keep in mind, this is the first game of a doubleheader, so keep the evening of November 5th open as we will celebrate again."

During a late February interview leading up to Tuesday's California Senate primary, Porter cautioned against Garvey advancing to California's November general election.

"A Schiff-Porter match up ... will guarantee a competitive election all the way through November," Porter told Fox 11's Elex Michaelson. "It means that their future senator will be talking about the issues that matter to them. We'll be traveling the state. We'll be listening to Californians, talking to small business owners, nonprofits. Focusing on the issues that are challenging us including homelessness, crime, [and] border security."

"If it's a Schiff-Garvey match up, the race is basically over March 5th," she continued. "I think that is really bad for California and it's really bad for little-d Democracy."

"We do best when we have competitive elections," Porter added.

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