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  •  Depends on definition of "poorly". (3+ / 0-)
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    wu ming, Darth Jeff, MichaelNY

    I think sacman meant that Barbara Boxer mostly matched Kerry 2004 numbers in the Central Valley, which sucked compared to the margins Jerry Brown managed to pull.

    OTOH, Barbara Boxer mostly outperformed Jerry Brown in the Bay Area and Coastal SoCal, where her enviro record is a big net plus.

    The Central Valley races do probably hinge on Latin@ turnout, so I just hope that the CDP & DCCC are investing in field there.

    •  there are so many good races in the valley now (2+ / 0-)
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      it would be a crime if the party didn't pony up big time. california donates so much time and energy to the democrats nationally, it's time for them to help us out. after all, house seats won here help as much as seats won in the midwest, when it comes to taking back the majority.

      underperforming brown isn't sucking IMO. brown is a hell of a politician, and played better to moderate white men than the vast majority of democratic candidates, and with far less money to boot. i will concede that boxer tends to win by running the score up on the coast, but she wasn't absent from the valley, and it wasn't a friendly election in the CV this cycle. had she been running in 2008 with a general election electorate, i think she would have done far better.

    •  Boxer (5+ / 0-)

      I should have said the San Joaquin valley. The I-80 corridor is much different, as it's loaded with people who commute to the bay area or Sacramento. Culturally it sort of has one foot in the bay and one foot in the valley (Davis often acts like it's part of Marin county).

      SSP poster. 42, CA-5, -0.25/-3.90

      by sacman701 on Mon Apr 23, 2012 at 03:49:27 PM PDT

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