A Sleeper Race
- Underfunded dairy farmer Johnny Tacherra may have unseated four term Democrat Jim Costa. Absentee ballots are still outstanding.
- The People's Republic of California adds a large number of seats to the House GOP majority.
Republican Dairy farmer Johnny Tacherra was making the run of his life.
Tacherra, running a grassroots campaign with on a modest budget — raising just $307,000 — was slightly ahead of Fresno Democrat Jim Costa in the 16th Congressional District that covers all of Merced and parts of Madera and Fresno counties.
With all precincts in Madera, Merced and Fresno counties reporting, Tacherra had 50.5% of the vote to Costa’s 49.5% reports The Fresno Bee.
There are still absentee ballots to be counted, but Tacherra thinks the race is over.
“I think the people have spoken on this one,” Tacherra said around midnight. “From the get-go I have felt good about this one.”
And Tacherra’s campaign team points out that the district Costa is in now is different than the one he narrowly won in 2010. They don’t think Costa can find enough votes to close the gap.
Costa, who’s been a state and federal politician for more than 30 years, didn’t return calls seeking comment.
Tacherra bested four other Republican challengers in the June primary to face Costa, seeking his sixth term in Congress, in the November election. Costa also faced a single Democratic challenger in June.
Election reporting records show that Costa raised $1.2 million this election cycle, far outpacing Tacherra, who maintained that he knew going in that Costa would have far more money. Tacherra also ran against Costa in 2012, but did not make it through the primary election.
Costa also again won support from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, an influential business organization that is a major federal-level political player – and mostly backs Republicans.
(Merced Sun Star)
|Republican Doug Ose|
51.4% GOP - 48.6% Dem
GOP re-takes district they lost in 2012.
(Los Angeles Times) - First-term Rep. Ami Bera (D-Elk Grove) and former Republican congressman Doug Ose of Sacramento are battling for a Northern California congressional seat.
The race was among the tightest House contests in the country as Republicans battle to take back a seat they had lost two years earlier, when Bera defeated then-Rep. Dan Lungren in the 7th Congressional District, in the Sacramento suburbs.
It was also costly. By the Oct. 15 end of the last campaign finance reporting period, Bera had spent almost $3.6 million to Ose’s $2.7 million. The final tab was expected to be much higher.
The major political parties and other groups also spent big in independent efforts on both sides, totaling more than $10 million.
Bera, a physician and son of immigrants from India, formerly worked for the UC Davis School of Medicine. He lost to Lungren in 2010 before winning the seat in 2012.
Ose served in Congress from 1999 to 2005. He was the top vote-getter in the four-way June primary, which included Bera and three Republicans.
Battleground San Diego
Gay Republican ahead in tight race.
According to results from the San Diego County Registrar of Voters Office, with 100 percent of the votes counted, DeMaio and Peters were both at 50 percent. DeMaio had 72,431 votes to 71,679 for Peters, a margin of 752 votes.
"While we must wait a little while longer to find out exactly what the voters have decided, I feel very confident that in the end we shall prevail," DeMaio told supporters Tuesday night in the ballroom of the U.S. Grant Hotel in downtown San Diego.
Wednesday morning, the Registar of Voters Office confirmed that there were just over 180,000 ballots that needed to be counted. Those consisted of 143,000 mail-in ballots and 36,429 provisional ballots.
Officials were expected to disclose later today what portion of those were from District 52.