After unseating Republican incumbent Dan Lungren in 2012 by about 9,000 votes, Democratic Rep. Ami Bera of Elk Grove is once again locked in a tight race for re-election. His contest with Republican businessman Doug Ose, a former congressman from 1999-2005, is being watched closely nationwide, with huge outside spending as Republicans target the district for a pick-up this November.
Ose has criticized Bera for his support of the Affordable Care Act, while Bera has accused Ose of seeking a return to Congress in order to benefit himself financially. Arguments over Social Security and Medicare, jobs and the economy, and the drought have also factored into the campaign.
Look for Bera and Ose to raise those and other issues when they come together tonight for their only debate of the race, sponsored by The Sacramento Bee, KVIE-TV, Capital Public Radio, Los Rios Community College District, Folsom Lake College and the Sacramento State Center for California Studies. The debate will air at 7 p.m. on KVIE, and The Bee will have full online coverage before and after, including a live blog moderated by Dan Walters.