Khanna indicated the 2014 race was a warm-up for 2016.
“No one knew who I was” last year, Khanna said. “Now we’re starting with a strong turnout. We have momentum,” he told the media.
Khanna, 38, of Fremont, is relying on those independent voters in their 20s and 30s who are expected to turn out in 2016 to more than make up the 3.6 percentage points that marked his defeat. But Khanna’s battle will be an uphill one: Honda, 73, the eight time Congressman, has strong ties to labor unions and political PACs, is pledging to stay in office.
Khanna has raised $801,000 in the first quarter this year, mostly after C-SPAN aired footage of Honda seeming to doze off during a Feb. 27 House floor debate on homeland security funding, while Honda raised $258,000. Honda’s snooze became the butt of many jokes during the event and mobilized voters who said they were fed up with the incumbent.