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Democratic lawmaker will face G.O.P. businessman in Central Valley battleground.

A Democratic state MP, Adam C. Gray, and a Republican businessman, John Duarte, are heading to a November congressional game in a Central Valley region that leans Democratic but remains a perpetual California battleground.

The Associated Press on Wednesday listed the top two 13th Congressional District spots for Mr. gray and mr. Duarte named after the primary on June 8.

The newly redesigned district will most likely be fiercely contested as Republicans view the open seat as one of their best chances of regaining ground in the state.

Mr. Duarte, who is president of his family farm, has also made access to water for farmers a focal point of his campaign. He has been tagged as a “Young Gun” rising star by the national Republican Party.

While California is still by far the most populous state in the country, it lost a seat in the House of Representatives in the most recent round of reclassification as population growth has slowed to an all-time low due to a housing crisis and a slowed flow of immigrants.

Last year’s ten-year realignment, coupled with the U.S. census, had a distorted effect on California politics, leaving many lawmakers seeking friendlier districts and leaving some seats, including the 13th congressional district, without a seat.

Representative Josh Harder, the Democrat representing the area, decided to run in a nearby district around Stockton after longtime Democratic congressman Jerry McNerney said he would no longer participate.

Encompassing Merced County in California’s agricultural heartland, the 13th congressional district is largely Latino and voted for President Biden in 2020 by a significant margin. But the Central Valley has historically been one of the more conservative regions of the state — it’s home to House Minority leader Kevin McCarthy and former Representative Devin Nunes, a close aide to former President Donald J. Trump.

Phil Arballo, a Democrat, in 2020 challenged Mr. Nunes, who held his seat for nearly two decades before resigning from Congress to head the former president’s media company. Although Mr Arballo lost, the race was competitive.

He had hoped to turn that momentum into a bid for the newly signed free seat. But Mr. Arballo was a distant third.

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