Here is Part 3, the last part of my analysis of this fall’s elections in California, which will cover the races for the U.S. House, State Senate, and State Assembly seats in Southern California, and summarize which races we need to win.
Here is Part 1, which covered the presidential race and the 12 ballot measures: https://calitics.com/showDiary….
Here is Part 2, which covered the U.S. House, State Senate, and State Assembly races in Northern and Central California: https://calitics.com/showDiary….
Cross-posted at Swing State Project: http://www.swingstateproject.c…
Incumbents are in boldface. In the case of open seats, the party of the retiring incumbent is listed first without boldface.
U.S. House (Composition: 34 Democrats, 19 Republicans)
CA-22 (Bakersfield): McCarthy (R) – unopposed
CA-23 (Southern Central Coast): Capps (D)
CA-24 (Inner Santa Barbara/Ventura): Gallegly (R)
CA-25 (Palmdale, Big Empty): McKeon (R)
CA-27 (Western San Fernando Valley): Sherman (D)
CA-28 (Eastern San Fernando Valley): Berman (D) – unopposed
CA-29 (Burbank, Glendale, Pasadena): Schiff (D)
CA-30 (Malibu, Beverly Hills): Waxman (D) – only faces a write-in candidate
CA-31 (Hollywood): Becerra (D) – unopposed
CA-32 (Covina, Baldwin Park): Solis (D) – unopposed
CA-33 (Culver City): Watson (D)
CA-34 (Downtown L.A.): Roybal-Allard (D)
CA-35 (South Central): Waters (D)
CA-36 (Beach Cities): Harman (D)
CA-37 (South Central, Long Beach): Richardson (D) – opposed only by minor party candidates
CA-38 (Southeastern L.A. suburbs): Napolitano (D) – opposed only by a Libertarian
CA-39 (Southeastern L.A. County): Linda Sánchez (D)
CA-40 (Northern Orange County): Royce (R)
CA-43 (Ontario, San Bernardino): Baca (D)
CA-47 (Anaheim, Santa Ana): Loretta Sanchez (D)
CA-48 (Central Orange County, including Irvine): Campbell (R)
CA-49 (Temecula, Oceanside): Issa (R)
CA-51 (Imperial County, southern SD suburbs): Filner (D)
CA-53 (San Diego): Davis (D)
Races to watch:
CA-26 (Northeastern L.A. suburbs): David Dreier (R) vs. Russ Warner (D), Ted Brown (L)
Profile: This is my home turf, in the northeastern L.A. suburbs. It was drawn to be red, but has been purpling recently, with a Cook PVI of only R+4. Warner is a tough challenger, though he’s at a huge cash disadvantage, 40:1 last I checked.
09/19/2008 Outlook: Likely Dreier
CA-41 (Most of San Bernardino County): Jerry Lewis (R) vs. Tim Prince (D)
Profile: While it’s unlikely this district will flip, it will be interesting to see how Prince’s challenges on Lewis’s dealings with earmarks will go. I noticed this district now has a 3-star rating on DC Political Report, meaning this race will be mildly entertaining.
09/19/2008 Outlook: Strong Lewis
CA-42 (Chino, Brea): Gary Miller (R) vs. Edwin Chau (D)
Profile: Here is another solidly Republican district with a Republican incumbent that could get into hot water over corruption, in this case steering funds toward an OC tollway ( http://downwithtyranny.blogspo… ), and this race has a 3-star rating on DC Political also.
09/19/2008 Outlook: Strong Miller
CA-44 (Riverside, Corona, San Clemente): Ken Calvert (R) vs. Bill Hedrick (D)
Profile: I’m beginning to sound like a broken record, but here we go again: strong GOP district, GOP incumbent possibly in trouble over earmarks ( http://www.politickerca.com/al… ). Hedrick’s only real problem is money.
09/19/2008 Outlook: Strong Calvert
CA-45 (Most of Riverside County): Mary Bono Mack (R) vs. Julie Bornstein (D)
Profile: While Bono Mack has seen this challenge coming, significantly outraising Bornstein, we still have a shot here from increased Latino turnout in the Coachella Valley and the highly contested AD-80 race, since that district partially overlaps this one.
9/19/2008 Outlook: Strong Bono Mack
CA-46 (Costa Mesa, Palos Verdes, Avalon): Dana Rohrabacher (R) vs. Debbie Cook (D), Ernst Gasteiger (L), Tom Lash (G)
Profile: Here we are in yet another strongly Republican district, only here we have a strong Democratic challenger in Huntington Beach mayor Debbie Cook. Some pundits are finally getting around to looking at this race, with Charlie Cook now rating it “Likely Republican” ( http://www.dailykos.com/story/… ), ( http://www.politickerca.com/al… ) and DC Political giving it a 4-star rating, meaning there is going to be considerable entertainment in this race. Here are a couple of totally awesome interviews with Mayor Cook, at Open Left ( http://openleft.com/showDiary…. ) and TPM ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v… ).
09/19/2008 Outlook: Likely Rohrabacher
CA-50 (Northern San Diego suburbs): Brian Bilbray (R) vs. Nick Leibham (D), Wayne Dunlap (L)
Profile: Here’s the old seat of the corrupt Uncle Duke, now held by his protégé Bilbray. The DCCC has targeted this race ( http://www.dccc.org/page/conte… ), and Leibham has been visible. If he can strongly articulate an agenda, then we will have ourselves a race here.
09/19/2008 Outlook: Likely Bilbray
CA-52 (Eastern San Diego suburbs): Duncan D. Hunter (R) vs. Mike Lumpkin (D), Michael Benoit (L) – vacated by Duncan Hunter (R)
Profile: Lumpkin is a great challenger from what I heard ( https://calitics.com/showDi… ), though we still have a battle on our hands, since most voters that pulled the lever for Hunter in the primary thought they were voting for his retiring father and Lumpkin will need more cash here.
09/19/2008 Outlook: Strong Hunter
STATE SENATE (District size: ~846,791) (Composition: 25 Democrats, 15 Republicans)
SD-17 (High Desert): George Runner (R)
SD-21 (Burbank, Glendale, Pasadena): Carol Liu (D) – vacated by Jack Scott (D)
SD-23 (West Side L.A., Oxnard): Fran Pavley (D) – vacated by Sheila Kuehl (D)
SD-25 (South Central, Palos Verdes): Roderick Wright (D) – vacated by Edward Vincent (D)
SD-27 (Long Beach, Avalon): Alan Lowenthal (D)
SD-29 (Eastern L.A. suburbs): Bob Huff (R) – vacated by Bob Margett (R)
SD-31 (Inland Empire, Riverside): Robert Dutton (R)
SD-33 (Most of inland Orange County): Mimi Walters (R) – vacated by Dick Ackerman (R)
SD-35 (Coastal Orange County): Tom Harman (R)
SD-37 (Most of Riverside County): John Benoit (R) – vacated by Jim Battin (R)
SD-39 (San Diego): Christine Kehoe (D)
District to watch:
SD-19 (Southern Central Coast, western L.A. suburbs): Tony Strickland (R) vs. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D) – vacated by Tom McClintock (R)
Profile: Here is McClintock’s district, which we have a very good chance of picking up, with Ventura County recently obtaining a Democratic advantage in registration and with Jackson maintaining high visibility throughout the district ( http://tinyurl.com/6ehde6 ).
09/19/2008 Outlook: Toss-up
STATE ASSEMBLY (District size: ~423,388) (Composition: 48 Democrats, 32 Republicans)
AD-35 (Santa Barbara, Oxnard): Pedro Nava (D)
AD-38 (Santa Clarita): Cameron Smyth (R)
AD-39 (San Fernando): Felipe Fuentes (D)
AD-40 (San Fernando Valley, including Van Nuys): Bob Blumenfield (D) – vacated by Lloyd Levine (D)
AD-41 (Oxnard, Malibu, Santa Monica): Julia Brownley (D)
AD-42 (Beverly Hills, West Hollywood): Michael Feuer (D)
AD-43 (Burbank, Glendale): Paul Krekorian (D)
AD-44 (Pasadena): Anthony Portantino (D)
AD-45 (East L.A.): Kevin de León (D)
AD-46 (East L.A., Huntington Park): John Pérez (D) – vacated by Fabian Núñez (D)
AD-47 (Culver City): Karen Bass (D)
AD-48 (Part of South Central L.A.): Mike Davis (D)
AD-49 (Inner Northeastern suburbs of L.A.): Mike Eng (D)
AD-50 (Bellflower): Hector De La Torre (D) – unopposed
AD-51 (Inglewood, Hawthorne): Curren Price (D)
AD-52 (Compton): Isadore Hall (D) – vacated by Mervyn Dymally (D)
AD-53 (Beach Cities): Ted Lieu (D)
AD-54 (Palos Verdes, Long Beach, Avalon): Bonnie Lowenthal (D) – vacated by Betty Karnette (D)
AD-55 (Carson, Long Beach): Warren Furutani (D)
AD-56 (Norwalk, Buena Park): Tony Mendoza (D)
AD-57 (Covina, Baldwin Park): Ed Hernandez (D)
AD-58 (Inner Eastern suburbs of L.A.): Charles Calderon (D)
AD-59 (Parts of L.A. and San Bernardino Counties): Anthony Adams (R)
AD-60 (Western Inland Empire): Curt Hagman (R) – vacated by Bob Huff (R)
AD-61 (Pomona, Ontario): Norma Torres (D) – vacated by Nell Soto (D)
AD-62 (San Bernardino, Fontana): Wilmer Carter (D) – unopposed
AD-63 (Northern and Eastern Inland Empire): Bill Emmerson (R)
AD-64 (Riverside, Palm Desert): Brian Nestande (R) – unopposed – vacated by John Benoit (R)
AD-65 (Yucca Valley, Big Bear): Paul Cook (R)
AD-66 (Temecula, Riverside): Kevin Jeffries (R)
AD-67 (Huntington Beach): Jim Silva (R)
AD-68 (Garden Grove, Costa Mesa): Van Tran (R)
AD-69 (Anaheim, Santa Ana): Jose Solorio (D)
AD-70 (Central Orange County): Chuck DeVore (R)
AD-71 (Corona, part of inland Orange County): Jeff Miller (R) – unopposed – vacated by Todd Spitzer (R)
AD-72 (Inland Northern Orange County): Michael Duvall (R)
AD-73 (San Clemente, Oceanside): Diane Harkey (R) – vacated by Mimi Walters (R)
AD-74 (Coastal Northern San Diego suburbs): Martin Garrick (R)
AD-75 (Inner Northern San Diego suburbs): Nathan Fletcher (R) – vacated by George Plescia (R)
AD-76 (Northern San Diego City): Lori Saldaña (D)
AD-77 (Most of inland San Diego County): Joel Anderson (R)
AD-79 (Southern San Diego City, Imperial Beach): Mary Salas (D)
Districts to watch:
AD-36 (Lancaster, Palmdale): Steve Knight (R) vs. Linda Jones (D) – vacated by Sharon Runner (R)
Profile: While this is not a likely pickup, Jones may make this a race due to the shrinking Republican registration advantage.
9/19/2008 Outlook: Lean Knight
AD-37 (Most of Ventura, small part of L.A.): Audra Strickland (R) vs. Ferial Masry (D)
Profile: This district partly overlaps SD-19 and in fact Audra Strickland is Tony Strickland’s wife (and they aren’t related to the governor of Ohio). If Hannah-Beth Jackson does well here, her GOTV efforts could spill over into this race.
9/19/2008 Outlook: Strong Strickland
AD-78 (Inner eastern suburbs of San Diego): John McCann (R) vs. Martin Block (D) – vacated by Shirley Horton (R)
Profile: Block has the advantage in this race thanks to the D’s advantage in party registration.
09/19/2008 Outlook: Lean Block
AD-80 (Imperial County, eastern Riverside County): Gary Jeandron (R) vs. Manuel Perez (D) – vacated by Bonnie Garcia (R)
Profile: Perez is doing very well here, and a recent poll gave him a double-digit lead. Hopefully his good performance here will spill over into CA-45, which partly overlaps this district.
09/19/2008 Outlook: Lean Perez
That’s it for all the California races. Now I will cover what we need to zero in on to win this fall, and also include how we should vote.
#1: Prop 1A: YES YES YES YES YES!!!!!
#2: Prop 6: NO NO NO NO NO!!!!!
#3: Prop 4: NO NO NO NO NO!!!!!
#4: Prop 8: NO NO NO NO NO!!!!!
#5: Prop 7: No
#6: Prop 10: No
#7: Prop 2: Yes
#8: Prop 5: Undecided
#9: Prop 11: Leaning No
#10: Prop 9: No
#11: Prop 3: Yes
#12: Prop 12: Yes
Our priorities in the House
Our priorities in the Assembly
To summarize, if we keep CA-11 and win CA-04, we will have 35 Democrats and 18 Republicans in our House delegation. If we win SD-19, we will have 26 Democrats and 14 Republicans. If we win all the toss-up/Dem-leaning Assembly races, we will have 53 Democrats and 27 Republicans, just one short of 2/3. We’d need at least one of the 36th or 37th districts to get us there.