Now we will finish off our discussion of the House races and Senate races. As with the rest of the election, it is a mixed bag.
California Heart Break
All three Democratic candidates have lost as of right now. Here is the weird thing: California has an immense amount of voters and their vote tally takes forever to finish. That is why Hillary Clinton keeps getting more votes to be honest — the sheer number of votes out in California.
Which means if Trump ticks that state off enough, it could decide to Calexit and turn into the sixth largest economy country wise while trashing the entire US South.
Anyway on to the break down:
Despite his frosted tips, it appears that even with the 50,000 votes still outstanding, Michael Eggman is not going to manage to pull off an upset and beat Jeff Dunham. Right now it is a difference of a little over ten thousand between them so Eggman will have to get 60% of the outstanding vote total to beat Dunham. Could it happen? Sure. But as of now, probably not.
This one is trickier. While as of right now Bryan Caforio is down 17,851 votes, much of the district is in the Los Angeles County with almost a million votes still left to be processed and counted. It is a hugely steep climb though, so I don’t think that Caforio will be able to pull it off. What remains is to see how close it is It is a district that is winnable without the lack of baggage that Caforio had (he was a new comer and I think that probably hurt him).
This one is tight. While in Orange County (of course), Issa is winning massively by about forty points, San Diego is going in for Applegate, with him 14K votes ahead.
Orange County has about 71,000 ballots left and San Diego has about 164,000 ballots left. It is unclear where exactly those votes are for the two of them exactly but…
Issa only has a 3,234 vote lead which means that Applegate may still pull this off and be our seventh pick up.
Here is a shocker: we didn’t just win, we won with enough points that this seat may not flip back. Robert Dold won with 3 points in 2014. And Brad Schneider won in 2012 with one point.
This time Schneider won with 5 points or 13,916. Which caused me to tweet that this might keep going…
2018: Dold with 7%
2020: Schneider with 9%
2022: Dold with 11%
Until one of them drops dead. But really, it might stay with us in 2018. We will see. I don’t know if Schneider is going to be one of the Democrats fighting Trump tooth and nail or not, and that can have an impact.
I know I promised that I would write about the race for DNC chair but I am going to probably do that as a separate post because it requires some explaining. And I am going to be like Lucy and ‘splain in greater detail.
Update on the numbers:
Eggman is down 9,426. He has picked up an enormous amount but…the two counties San Joaquin and Stanislaus only have about 4K ballots outstanding. Next time if someone serious runs who doesn’t have frosted tips, it is a possible pick up.
Caforio didn’t make up any ground unfortunately so that may need a second go and a different strategy.
Issa is still winning by the skin of his teeth: 2,690. And there is a lot of votes in San Diego still needing counting so it is still possible that Applegate wins.
California is going to be pushing the resistance to Trump so their also having a supermajority of Ds in the lege is going to be great for a short while.