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Hey -- It's only 1:45 AM in Temecula, California!  Let's check out some CLOSE races!

(CA-7)  (100% Reporting)
Ami Bera: 88,406
Dan Lungren: 88,222   (what now??)

(CA-33) (38.7% Reporting)
Henry A. Waxman (D): 60,208
Bill Bloomfield (NPP): 60,133

(CA-36) (46.4% Reporting)
Raul Ruiz (D): 62,751
Mary Bono Mack (R): 61,421

(CA-52) (91% Reporting)
Scott Peters (D): 97,831
Brian Bilbray (R): 97,844   (!!!)

These are kind of a big deal out here!  Removing Sonny Bono's wife after all these years is almost too much to ask for!
 

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  •  Geez. And all these in the so cal area (except (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    KenBee, Sychotic1

    Bera). Freaking amazing, but the Waxman election is freaking me out completely. I cannot believe he is so close. Gah.

    202-224-3121 to Congress in D.C. USE it! You can tell how big a person is by what it takes to discourage them. "We're not perfect, but they're nuts."--Barney Frank 01/02/2012

    by cany on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 02:01:31 AM PST

    •  Joe Baca (4+ / 0-)
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      cany, Simplify, KenBee, Sychotic1

      is also about to go down in CA-35, but to another D.  This top two system is freaking me out -- I can't even type it correctly!

      •  Yeah, this top two thing needs to go. It really (2+ / 0-)
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        Simplify, KenBee

        hurts the parties and doesn't allow for any out party competition in sold areas which doesn't seem healthy.

        I haven't read the history on this bill... who proposed it do you know?

        202-224-3121 to Congress in D.C. USE it! You can tell how big a person is by what it takes to discourage them. "We're not perfect, but they're nuts."--Barney Frank 01/02/2012

        by cany on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 02:20:41 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  err solid areas, not sold areas. (0+ / 0-)

          202-224-3121 to Congress in D.C. USE it! You can tell how big a person is by what it takes to discourage them. "We're not perfect, but they're nuts."--Barney Frank 01/02/2012

          by cany on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 02:21:10 AM PST

          [ Parent ]

        •  Abel Maldonado, (4+ / 0-)
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          cany, KenBee, wilderness voice, ybruti

          a moderate Republican state legislator who had a hard time getting through a traditional primary. He got "top two" on the ballot in exchange for his vote for a state budget, back when it took 2/3 to pass a budget.

          And lo and behold, he capitalized on it personally this year and made it to the general election for US House District 24. And yet, after all that, he lost.

          So, there you go. An entire state of 38 million people chasing around a counterproductive electoral reform, just so that one mod R jackass can lose.

          Government and laws are the agreement we all make to secure everyone's freedom.

          by Simplify on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 02:47:34 AM PST

          [ Parent ]

  •  CA-36, Bono Mack sez 'Ruiz will WIN!' (2+ / 0-)
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    cany, Sychotic1

    In a 12:30 am interview with an online political blog for a local paper, Bono Mack has 'all but conceded.'

    Buh-bye, Mary! Enjoy Florida!

    •  You know, this SHOULD have happened at least an (1+ / 0-)
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      Carbunkle Rugburn

      election ago. The demographics in the district don't read GOP to me. And actually that seems true for a lot of the southern inland valleys.

      202-224-3121 to Congress in D.C. USE it! You can tell how big a person is by what it takes to discourage them. "We're not perfect, but they're nuts."--Barney Frank 01/02/2012

      by cany on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 02:22:31 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  Well, Mary Bono Mack did not belong in Congress (3+ / 0-)
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        cany, wilderness voice, kurt

        She won first on sympathy as a widow and then rode a corporate funded war chest and +R demographics the rest of her terms. Ruiz is a much better fit for the newly re-drawn district.

        And frankly her previous opponents really were not very formidable fundraisers or were poor campaigners. Even the last Dem, Pougnet, the one from 2010 who raised money well had ethics and other problems.

        And Rep. Barney Frank, who was her 'friend' was quoted years back as saying that (then) Mary Bono was the dumbest person in Congress. (But he said that long before the Tea Party craze.)

        •  I remember when she was voted in. I was rather (0+ / 0-)

          surprised, but the area was quite a bit different then. There's a Nestande out in Riverside that way people should watch out for. (R)

          Family is politics and daddy, Bruce, my former county supervisor though I escaped his assembly run, was dirty. Had to resign after he got whiff that the Grand Jury would charge him with conflict of interest.

          The son, Brian, worked for Huffington and Bono at one time.

          The daiughter, who was working in the Texas state house, got busted for DWI manslaughter in September.

          Lots and lots of connections. I wouldn't trust any Nestande.

          202-224-3121 to Congress in D.C. USE it! You can tell how big a person is by what it takes to discourage them. "We're not perfect, but they're nuts."--Barney Frank 01/02/2012

          by cany on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 02:55:16 AM PST

          [ Parent ]

  •  Wow- the razor thin margins!!! (3+ / 0-)

    It would be sweet for Dr Bera to put Dan Lungren away though! Waxman's lead is so uncomfortable though.

  •  I was just reading recount provisions in this (0+ / 0-)

    from Pew Trust, and assuming the statutes have not changed from 2005, it seems that in CA, anyway, they only have to count the electronic votes. Mmmm.

    Linky here.

    So if we run into that, it would seem it would be resolved quickly.

    202-224-3121 to Congress in D.C. USE it! You can tell how big a person is by what it takes to discourage them. "We're not perfect, but they're nuts."--Barney Frank 01/02/2012

    by cany on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 02:18:42 AM PST

    •  Our SoS Bowen got rid of the e-voting machines (1+ / 0-)
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      Sychotic1

      since 2005. The only electronic voting in California now is accessible-capable machines for those voters who need them.

      •  What's the difference between the machine I used (1+ / 0-)
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        Simplify

        today in orange county and an e-voting machine?

        My understanding was that county had to get their machines cleared through the state, but they were not banned. I thought I saw a lot of e-machines in Segal's photo diaries tonight?

        Am I not getting this?

        202-224-3121 to Congress in D.C. USE it! You can tell how big a person is by what it takes to discourage them. "We're not perfect, but they're nuts."--Barney Frank 01/02/2012

        by cany on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 02:29:41 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  Guess I'm wrong then. (2+ / 0-)
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          cany, KenBee

          4 or so years ago Riverside County had 'touch screen' machines. And the SoS prohibited their use completely. All regular ballots in Riverside County are now the big paper scannable ballots.

          When SoS Bowen took office she said all the electronic machines had to go! It cost millions to replace them, too. Money well-spent if they weren't secure or fair though.

          •  I remember all that, but believe me, I used an (2+ / 0-)
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            KenBee, wilderness voice

            e-machine today. Don't like them at all, but I remember that it had to be approved by state at the time.

            Found this article. Bowen banned the machines, but the one OC had (or subsequently got) was allowed.

            202-224-3121 to Congress in D.C. USE it! You can tell how big a person is by what it takes to discourage them. "We're not perfect, but they're nuts."--Barney Frank 01/02/2012

            by cany on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 03:02:16 AM PST

            [ Parent ]

        •  No, you're right, it is an e-voting machine (3+ / 0-)
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          cany, KenBee, kurt

          Sec. Bowen did not get rid of the machines. She got a bunch of them decertified, but if they meet certain standards, they can be used. ES&S even has some approved.

          California Elections Code section 19201 specifies that no voting system may be purchased or used in a California election until the Secretary of State approves that system. Additionally, all direct recording electronic (DRE) voting machines used in California must have an accessible voter-verified paper audit trail, pursuant to California Elections Code section 19250.
          I wish we were all paper ballots. Voting is too important for convenience speed to win over integrity.

          Government and laws are the agreement we all make to secure everyone's freedom.

          by Simplify on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 02:53:36 AM PST

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  •  Waxman getting some breathing room now: (2+ / 0-)
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    KenBee, Sychotic1

    Henry A. Waxman
    (Party Preference: DEM)    88,802    53.1%
         Bill Bloomfield
    (Party Preference: NPP)    78,318    46.9%

    @63.2% precints

    I can breathe for a minute:)

    202-224-3121 to Congress in D.C. USE it! You can tell how big a person is by what it takes to discourage them. "We're not perfect, but they're nuts."--Barney Frank 01/02/2012

    by cany on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 02:36:16 AM PST

  •  Peters pulls it out! (5+ / 0-)

    By less than a 1,000 votes in my district:

    Peters = 103,878 (50.17%)

    Bilbray = 103,193 (49.83%)

    The British sent their criminals to Australia and their religious nuts to America. The Australians got the better of that deal.

    by EWembley on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 03:10:59 AM PST

  •  State legislature is even crazier. (5+ / 0-)

    In the state senate and state assembly, we are literally ONE seat away in each house from getting the key 2/3 supermajority needed to pass a simple damn budget, thanks to the odious Prop. 13.  We've been held hostage by the GOP for 30+ fucking years as a result of that shit, and have passed a budget of basically cuts, cuts, and more cuts, without the ability to raise taxes on even the extremely wealthy.

    If my former state senator Fran Pavley (D) can just hold on to her slim, slim lead over Todd Zink (R), we'll get 2/3s in the state senate.

    The Assembly is harder, as Rudy Salas (D), after leading most of the night, has now lost the lead in his race.  We're ONE vote short of a 2/3s supermajority in that house.

    Soooooooooo close.

  •  Brownley in CA-26 over Strickland, Hanna Beth (2+ / 0-)
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    wilderness voice, Sychotic1

    to Senate 19, replacing Strickland...who is my Most Hated ever. Well, one of..

    99% reported, she's ahead by almost 4%!!!!
    Only problem is he is still going to keep coming back, and still a biggie in California,  He left his seat in Senate 19 to run for the US House........in the state Senate 19, his opponent last time, Hanna Beth Jackson beat hell out of that odious smarmy bastid Mike Stoker, a smirker of the Kristol/Rove ilk. Ugh!
      She pounded his smarmy carcass by 10 POINTS!!!

    YAY!!!!!

    I mean, YAAAAAAY!!!

    Oh Frack me, I am a Gloater!!

    This machine kills Fascists.

    by KenBee on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 03:30:11 AM PST

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