Justice Democrat and TPW favored progressive candidate Kara Eastman is running again in the NE-02 Dem primary. Polls have closed.
Election results so far. 🙂 https://t.co/ZYuYrWLAWg
— Kara Eastman (@karaforcongress) May 13, 2020
She has a reason for that smiley emoji:
(image credit: NYT)
In CA-25, Christy Smith is in the special election as the Dem candidate. She was endorsed by Bernie Sanders yesterday:
Californians: @ChristyforCA25 is on the ballot for tomorrow's special election in the 25th Congressional District. Vote to send Christy to Congress to fight for working families, and send a message that Californians reject President Trump's hateful agenda. https://t.co/pUs7odjER3
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) May 12, 2020
More about that race to replace Katie Hill, who won in 2018. This would fill the seat until November, in which there will be another election.
The margin of victory matters in California
In 2018, Ms. Hill won the district by a nine-point margin. All signs point to a narrower margin on Tuesday. And no matter what happens, the two candidates will go on to a rematch in November. Democrats have played down expectations for the special election, but argue that they will fare better in the fall, when more voters are motivated to show up for the presidential election.
If Mr. Garcia emerges the winner, expect Republicans to seize on the victory as evidence that they can win in suburban swing districts and as a way to energize their base.
But the district’s changes have been clear for years, as the electorate has become younger and more diverse. Now, nearly half of all voters in the district are black, Latino or Asian. In 2016, the district backed Hillary Clinton, the Democratic presidential nominee, over Mr. Trump by seven points — and a Republican win would most likely prompt hand wringing among Democrats, who are counting on suburban voters to take back the White House.
In California, Republicans have consistently lost ground to Democrats in the past several years — the G.O.P. holds just seven of the state’s 53 congressional seats.
More jibber jabber in the comments. Tonight BYOB.