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  •  California AG Race Update (2+ / 0-)
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    Pam from Calif, blindyone

    This is fitting when considering the death penalty and Dubya's application therof to completely innocent people.

    Kamala Harris has retaken a narrow lead in the AG Race and now leads by a scant 5576 votes according to the latest updates on the California Secretary of State's website.  

    The numbers are:
    Kamala Harris: 4,044,927
    Steve Cooley: 4,039,351

    Most media reports are attributing Harris retaking the lead to some of her big counties finally reporting in their later numbers.  Santa Cruz County, for example, finally reported a huge batch of numbers today.  But what they ignore is that every single southern California county reported today too and Cooley's vote gains were either small or non-existent.  In San Bernardino County, Cooley gained 765 votes.  In Riverside County, Cooley gained 174 votes.  In Ventura County, Cooley gained a whopping 99 votes.  In Orange County, he picked up just 1650 votes.  These counties have finished counting all their absentee ballots (with the exception of 1,175 in Orange County.....there are others in Orange County that were not counted which were dropped off at the polling precincts on election day and still have yet to be tabulated).  The extraordinarily small vote gains for Cooley are telling.  Meanwhile, in San Diego County, Kamala picked up 638 votes today, shocking when considering how much Cooley led countywide.

    •  I remember someone a few months ago (3+ / 0-)

      who said the Democrats were toast because all their candidates were from Northern California, specifically the Bay Area, and that we needed some Southern Californians to get the votes from down there.

      Guess us NoCals didn't do so bad after all.

      Wish I'd saved that link...

      "When it gets harder to love, love harder" -- Van Jones, NN10, 7/23/10

      by Cali Scribe on Sat Nov 13, 2010 at 01:00:39 AM PST

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      •  My opinion is (1+ / 0-)
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        Pam from Calif

        If you can win in San Francisco, you can win anywhere.  That sounds counterintuitive since people think of San Francisco as a liberal bastion.  But at the local level, there are so many different factions pushing different agendas and ideologies.  Thus a successful politician knows how to balance and appeal to multiple groups.  You can't simply run on a few platitudes and have some political organizations backing you (as you can do when you run in LA County or other parts of southern California).  You have to have broad appeal and have to work to reach out.  

        Also, not all of our candidates were from northern California.  Debra Bowen is from southern California (Manhattan Beach).  John Chiang is from southern California as well (Torrance).  

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