Josh Harder for Congress

California CA-10

Josh Harder

California CA-10

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2018 Result: Harder wins by a margin of just a few thousand votes

Josh Harder is a former venture capitalist and fifth-generation resident of the Central Valley who is challenging an incumbent Republican in one of the poorest regions of California.

Harder is a former venture capitalist who previously worked at Boston Consulting Group and the prominent tech investment firm Bessemer Venture Partners. He is currently a business teacher at Modesto Junior College. He has an undergraduate degree from Stanford University and studied in the MBA/MPP Joint Degree program at the Harvard Business and Kennedy Schools.

Harder is also (very) recently married. Josh and Pamela tied the knot on August 11, 2018.

The incumbent Republican in CA-10, Rep. Jeff Denham, has a well-earned reputation as a politician whose actions don't match his rhetoric. Denham voted in support of "Trumpcare" just days after promising a town hall audience that he would not back the Republican health care legislation; he also voted against DREAMERs despite promising to support immigrant rights.

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Rating Services

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Campaign Finance

Candidate Name

Josh Harder (D)

Jeff Denham (R)

Campaign Spending

Total Raised $7,003K with $842K cash on hand (as of 10/17)

Total Raised $4,418K with $1,551K cash on hand (as of 10/17)

Outside Spending

Supporting: $606K; Opposing Denham: $4,535K

Supporting: $353K; Opposing Harder: $5,129K

Polling Results

Polling from Garin Hart Yang Research Group in late June 2018 indicates a 48-48 tie in CA-10. The poll showed Harder with a 53-35 lead among Independent voters and a massive 70-26 advantage with Hispanic voters.

Election Results

CA-10 House District

2016: R+3.4

2014: R+12.2

2012: R+5.4


2016: D+3

2012: D+3.6

2008: D+3



California's 10th Congressional District is located in the San Joaquin/Central Valley area in the northern part of the state. The Central Valley is among the poorest sections of California and has been hit hard by drought and wildfires.

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