The view from California, Part 2

Posted by admin | Posted in Politics | Posted on 30-11-2014-05-2008

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Democratic Rep. Ami Bera

The good news? Ami Bera was re-elected. The not so good news? The legislature.

It has been nearly three weeks since election day, and while there are still tens of thousands of ballots left to be counted across the state (yes, it takes us that long to get anything done), just about every single race has been decided.

When we last checked in on the situation in the Golden State, there were still some federal races to be decided, including the state’s 7th District, where former Republican Rep. Doug Ose was challenging freshman Democrat Ami Bera. It turned into the most expensive congressional race in the country, with both campaigns and their allied groups dropping nearly $20 million into the race. In the end, though, Democrats swept every single contested race for federal office, leaving them with a +1 gain in the delegation. If only Democrats could bottle what we do in California and export it to the rest of the country.

Unfortunately, not everything was sunshine and rainbows, as down-ballot races features losses for Democrats and progressives at the state and legislative level. More on all that below the fold.

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