Baca has yet to announce any endorsements from his former colleagues. The endorsements are a signal to outside money and party activists to back Aguilar over Baca and attorney Eloise Reyes (D), whom the pro-abortion-rights EMILY's List has hinted it might endorse.
Miller won the seat over another Republican in the general election in 2012 after Aguilar and other Democrats split the Democratic vote in California's unusual all-party primary, where the top two vote-getters advance to the general election.
None finished in the top two spots, giving Miller a clear path to the general election win.
A divided Democratic party could make it more difficult to win the seat again in 2014, though no Republican other than Miller has yet emerged to run in the primary — meaning that at least one Democrat should be on the general election ballot.
Half of Aguilar's new endorsers include five freshmen who never served with Baca: California Democratic Reps. Julia BrownleyJulia BrownleyHouse caucus to focus on business in Latin America House votes to restrict IRS hires and funding EMILY's List names incumbent Dems it will fundraise for MORE, Alan Lowenthal, Scott Peters, Eric Swalwell and Mark Takano. The others: Reps. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), Karen BassKaren BassEx-GOP senator: Trump's a sociopath Dem rep launches petition to evaluate Trump's mental health Meet the Democrat at center of party platform tug of war MORE (D-Calif.) Judy Chu (D-Calif.), Janice Hahn (D-Calif.) and Adam SchiffAdam SchiffGrassley wants expanded access to FBI’s Clinton files Top Dem downplays Trump's intel briefing FBI sends Clinton files to Congress MORE (D-Calif.).
Two earlier endorsers, Reps. Gloria Negrete McLeod (D-Calif.) and Loretta Sanchez (D-Calif.), have long had antagonistic relationships with Baca.
Aguilar has some strong local support as mayor of a major town in the district, but the outside endorsements may not give him that much of a boost.
In another southern California district last year, then-Rep. Howard Berman (D-Calif.) was backed by nearly the entire state delegation in his race against fellow Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.). But Sherman easily won the race anyway.