Sabato's Crystal Ball

California (20) House 2010

Crystal Ball Outlook: Leans D

Democratic candidate: Jim Costa, incumbent

Republican candidate: Andy Vidak, farmer

Recent updates from the Crystal Ball

Update: October 14, 2010

The contest in CA-20 actually already appeared at one time on our list of competitive races, but it seemed Democratic Rep. Jim Costa had beaten back the challenge from Republican farmer Andy Vidak. A September poll, however, showed Vidak trailing within the margin of error and now the NRCC is sending him some much-needed campaign cash. Costa still has a clear lead, but some outside attention and resources could make this race a little more interesting. This race moves from Safe Democratic to Likely Democratic.