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Since I have posted my last diary, I mentioned the original results I reported two days after the November 6 elections in terms of the number of votes for Democratic candidate Jerry Tetalman vs. Rep. Darrell "Darth Vader" Issa in California's 49th Congressional District:

Below are the voting results per Huffington Post's election dashboard.  Notice how many votes Jerry Tetalman received, considering the 49th Congressional District leans conservative.

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Darrell Issa (R)

Votes:  118,554

Percentage of Votes:  58.9%

Jerry Tetalman (D)

Votes:  82,562

Percentage of Votes:  41.1%

Just this past Saturday, I reported on the total votes per Huffington Post's Election Dashboard:
http://elections.huffingtonpost.com/...

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CANDIDATE            VOTES    PCT.
✓ Darrell Issa I    139,127    58.8%
 Jerry Tetalman    97,454    41.2%

However, per a comment by a fellow Kossack, I failed to actually go into the CA Secretary of State website and find the actual, final vote tally.  This I have done before on numerous occasions in the past but just not this election cycle until now.  I've been swamped with work for my MBA program in San Francisco, business and networking meetings and other things.

Anyway, whereas Jerry Tetalman's votes on November 8th were 82,562, the final results according to Huffington Post showed Tetalman with a 14,892 vote increase to 97,454, not really changing the percentage gap of votes between Tetalman and Issa.

Here are the very final, accurate results for the Tetalman/Issa race per the CA Secretary of State's website (and thanks to our own very awesome Secretary of State, Debra Bowen):

http://vote.sos.ca.gov/...

County Results
Candidate:  Jerry Tetalman
(Party Preference: DEM)   
Votes:  109,580   
Percent:  41.6%

Candidate:  *Darrell Issa
(Party Preference: REP)   
Votes:  154,043   
Percent:  58.4%
* Incumbent

Now the important thing to note is that now Jerry Tetalman has a 0.04 percentage increase in the number of votes and a total number of 109,580 votes.  This number of votes is larger than either the number of people living in the cities of Richmond or Walnut Creek.  This is very telling as the 49th District of California "Leans Conservative."

Well, soon by at least 2016, the 49th District will become the same kind of California 3rd Congressional district that former Lt. Governor-now-Congressman John Garamendi occupies.  This includes the fact that one of the largest army bases in the United States, Camp Pendleton, is located in Darrell Issa's own turf in the 49th Congressional District.

Look, if Jerry Tetalman, one of the most progressive Democratic candidates to run for Congress, can get 109,580 votes in a "Lean Conservative" district with no support from the DCCC, DNC, insider Democrats, Democracy for America or any real credible progressive organizations and with less than $200,000 in campaign donations, something is brewing.

Yes, indeed.  A number of people who commented on my diaries are from across the U.S. and they have donated to Jerry Tetalman's campaign.  This is the kind of momentum that Rob Zerban had in his unsuccessful race to unseat Paul Ryan (we will make sure he's unseated in 2014) except that Zerban got more attention nationally than Tetalman did.  In fact, Tetalman's campaign barely got much in terms of news coverage until the last 2 1/2 weeks until the election.

Yet Tetalman still got 109,580 votes!

Folks, this just shows that grassroots campaigning will always beat any kind of information technology ever invented, even though IT in itself does help campaigns win elections.  Just turn to Barack Obama's re-election campaign.  It utilized online phone banking where anyone across the U.S. can have online access to phone lists and dial.  That's how sophisticated that can be.

Now if online phone banking can apply to all Congressional Races across the country in 2014, OH MAN, we're going to give the Republicans a race they wish they never run.  They'll be screaming so hard, they wish they knew the concept of having real "ideas."

Now one thing is true:  Places in Oklahoma and Arkansas are dead red, I mean, painfully red.

Still, what are we afraid of?  Get all of the red stains across the country out and put blue in.  Seriously, shouldn't anyone in the country deserve blue?  It's a more optimistic, chill kind of color.  That's one reason why I'm a Democrat.  ;)

Anyway, here's some further information if you want to know about Jerry Tetalman and his recent, unsuccessful campaign to unseat Rep. Darrell Issa:

Jerry Tetalman's Statement on Darrell Issa's Libya Press Release:
http://www.dailykos.com/...

My Interview with Jerry Tetalman:
http://www.dailykos.com/...




In the meantime, it may not be 2014 yet but we can still watch old videos of Darrell Issa that get ourselves worked up.  Like this one:

Originally posted to pipsorcle on Mon Nov 26, 2012 at 12:15 PM PST.

Also republished by California politics.

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  •  You should include CA-31 in all your work:) That (2+ / 0-)
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    antooo, exreaganite

    IS in a blue county and should have gone dem.

    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 Mon Nov 26, 2012 at 12:33:30 PM PST

    •  Oh that's too much work :) (1+ / 0-)
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      Rolfyboy6

      But I appreciate your suggestion.  I think though I really want to focus on CA-49 because Jerry Tetalman has inspired me in ways no other grassroots candidate since Barack Obama has.  Tetalman really is the next Barack Obama.

    •  49th CD's make up (0+ / 0-)

      While it's true that San Diego County is blue, the 49th has a good size chunk in Orange County which is decidedly NOT blue.  It's still much, much, better than before redistricting, so I'm not complaining.  Also unfortunately much of North San Diego (Vista, Oceanside, Carlsbad) is either red or purple.  The OC also accounted for some of the differences in vote count.  Many reporting on this race were just looking at SD county returns instead of SOS site.  The OC dragged Tetalman's percentage down  3% :(  

      •  Right but the district is no longer Solid Red (0+ / 0-)

        Even North San Diego as you cited is not even solid red.  There are areas extremely red and there are areas that are not as red but still moving away from being solid red.

        The problem is, people in the 49th district are unaware of the few things:

        1)  Voter registration has increased in recent years, giving Democrats and Independents more momentum whereas Republicans have had a complete strange hold on the district in terms of voter registration.

        2)  The 49th District is not a red district like in Oklahoma.  It's just not that red anymore.  Sure, there are red areas but let's be frank: The district that Kevin McCarthy, House Majority Whip, occupies is more red than the 49th district (occupied by Darrell Issa).

        3)  Jerry Tetalman lives in Carlsbad and has been a resident since the late 1970's.  In fact, talking with him and his campaign manager, they will argue the 49th district is just not Safe Republican territory.  No credible polling organization has been able to prove me wrong yet everyone (even Charlie Cook) seems to claim CA-49 is Solid Red.

        4)  Tetalman himself is really the only real inclusive Democrat who can beat Darrell Issa.  His personality and demeanor are very bipartisan and welcoming to conservatives and Republicans who always think Democrats are partisan ideologues.  Tetalman is an outstanding progressive but is not ideological at the same time.  He's more on knowledge and practical application of politics than he is with talking points.  And he's able to explain things to people without demeaning the other side's point of view.  This can go a long way in the 49th District if the DCCC just got off its high horse.

        5)  Tetalman just didn't have any support from any credible Democratic organization or progressive grassroots group like Democracy for America (and I can't for the life of me understand why they didn't support Tetalman's candidacy).  However, he still has been able to get over 100,000 votes and his and Issa's vote count percentage really haven't changed much.  Had Tetalman gotten the funds early on this year, he'd have had a better more efficient grassroots campaign and would have beaten Darrell Issa.  On the other hand, Tetalman himself did a marvelous grassroots effort with just little funds available.  There was a Car-A-Thon event the weekend before the November 6th election where Tetalman and others drove their cars together with Tetalman stickers, merchandise, campaign signs all over.  This lasted at least an hour or so.  Now this is inventive and it didn't involve the Internet or a lot of expenses.  It was just a neat way to increase the grassroots effort.

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