Morning Digest: Why Gavin Newsom doesn't need his subsequent project "even for my worst enemy"

There's no shortage of Golden State Democrats to choose from, and he didn't seem enjoying the task at hand. "This is not something I wish for even my worst enemy because in the process you create enemies that you know, not just friends," Newsom said. "And it's an annoying decision. It's a challenging one."

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As for possible names, we're not going to dive into that rabbit hole just yet. This is an election with only one voter – Newsom – and the results may not be announced for another two months. If the governor doesn't type himself by hand, there is simply no way of knowing who to vote for.

It also remains to be seen whether the new Senator would be able to avoid a seriously competitive race against one or more Democrat colleagues if they headed for an election in 2022. Under California law, all candidates would run in one of the top 2 primaries this year. The two candidates with the most votes would advance to the general election regardless of party.

What is clear, however, is that America's largest state has many Democrats who would love to go to the Senate. In fact, a multitude of politicians initially expressed an interest in running for the upper chamber in early 2015 when Barbara Boxer announced she would not run for a fifth term, sparking the state's first open Senate race since 1992.

However, then Attorney General Harris entered the race a few days later with a lot of notoriety and connections, and her many potential opponents gradually decided not to run against her. The only other notable Democrat to run this year was Rep. Loretta Sanchez, who lost the general election to Harris 62-38. However, it is far from guaranteed that the new Senator of the Golden State will look as strong as Harris did six years ago.

Georgia Runoffs

GA-Sen-A: The Associated Press has called a runoff between Republican Senator David Perdue and Democrat Jon Ossoff, which means both seats in the Georgian Senate will be elected on Jan. 5 – a development that keeps the door open for Democrats in control the US to take over the Chamber next year.

Ossoff has already published his first commercial for the second round. "The way to recovery is clear," Ossoff tells the audience. "First we listen to medical experts to control this virus. Then we shore up our economy with stronger support for small businesses and tax breaks for working families." He continues, "And it's time for a historic infrastructure plan to get people back to work and invest in our future. We need leaders who bring us together to make this happen."

Uncalled races

Uncalled races: At the weekend it became mathematically impossible for Republicans to turn the house, as Democrats won victories in most districts. As of Monday afternoon, Democrats have won 219 seats and are leading in races for three others. The Republicans now hold 198 seats, run 14, and will add another once a runoff election is voted in Louisiana's red 5th Congressional District next month.

And at least one of those contests that Republicans are currently ahead of the game is all but certain that the lead will change after officials started counting absentee votes this week: In New York's 3rd borough, the Republican George Santos is 50:49 ahead of Democratic MP Tom Suozzi, but according to Spectrum News reporter Nick Reisman, registered Democrats have returned three times as many postal ballots as Republicans.

However, Democratic candidates in the state's other undisclosed home races are not as lucky as Suozzi. In Districts 1st, 2nd, 11th, 22nd, and 24th, Democrats voted disproportionately absent, but unless an unusually large number of Independents and Republicans decided to vote blue, Republican Congress hopefuls are likely to win all five of these races .

But the outlook for Senate Democrats is much better, although they are unlikely to get the two-thirds majority hoped for by many progressives. Democrats, who voted 40 out of 63 seats, currently lead 37 races and should hold out in all of those races, according to an analysis by David Beard. You are also well positioned to come from behind in two more districts, 38th and 40th, and could even win 22nd and 50th.

However, that would give them a total of 41 seats, one of which will shy away from a super major unless they can get a Longshot victory in the 5th or 6th district. However, the ballot papers can still arrive on Tuesday as long as they are stamped by election day, so these numbers are subject to change. It can also take a long time to see the final results: it took the state electoral authority six weeks to confirm the results of this year's June primaries.

In the meantime, here's a look at where some major unresolved Downballot competitions are starting Monday:

AK ballot: Measure 2, which a "Top 4" primary school would implement, is behind 56-44 with 186,000 ballots counted.

Maricopa County, AZ recorder: Republican Stephen Richer leads Democratic incumbent Adrian Fortes 50.01-49.99 – a lead of almost 2,000 votes – with 1.86 million ballots counted.

CA ballot: Proposition 15, the so-called "Split Roll" initiative, is between 52 and 48 with 14.1 million votes.

Orange County, CA.: Republican incumbent Andrew Do leads Democrat Sergio Contreras 52-48 with 198,000 votes.

Arapahoe, Douglas, Elbert and Lincoln Counties, CO District Attorney: Republican John Kellner leads Democrat Amy Padden with 570,000 votes.

NC-AG: Democratic incumbent Josh Stein leads Republican Jim O & # 39; Neill with 5.36 million votes.

PA treasurer: Republican Stacy Garrity leads Democratic incumbent Joe Torsella 49-48 with 6.61 million votes.

Called races

Below are a number of lesser-known but important elections that took place on Tuesday, as well as a number of races that were scheduled after election night. Quite a few contests go uncalled, but we keep track of them all on our constantly updated cheat sheet and of course we will cover each of them in the digest as soon as they are resolved.


PR-Gov: Pedro Pierluisi of the Pro-Statehood New Progressive Party (PNP) defeated Carlos Delgado, the candidate for the Democratic People's Party, 33:32, and Delgado conceded on Saturday. Pierluisi will succeed the outgoing governor Wanda Vázquez, whom he defeated in the August primary.

While the outcome means the PNP will retain control of the governor's office for the next four years, Pierluisi's victory also gives the Democrats a pickup from the Republicans. While Pierluisi met with US House Democrats when he represented Puerto Rico as its non-voting commissioner, Vázquez is a Republican who endorsed Trump after her major loss.

As these two internal rivals demonstrate, the main parties of Puerto Rico do not exactly correspond to the mainland partisan factions. In particular, Pierluisi's immediate predecessor and successor as Resident Commissioner has teamed up with Team Red in DC, although they also come from the PNP.


AZ-06: The Republican MP David Schweikert has defeated the Democratic challenger Hiral Tipirneni.

CA-04: Republican MP Tom McClintock secured victory after Democrat Brynne Kennedy conceded on Friday.

APPROX. 50: Republican Darrell Issa defeated Democrat Ammar Campa-Najjar.

NV-03: Freshman Democratic Rep. Susie Lee defeated Republican Dan Rodimer.

PA-17: Democratic MP Conor Lamb defeated Republican Sean Parnell.

VA-07: Freshman Democratic Rep. Abigail Spanberger defeated Republican Nick Freitas.


NM State Senate: The New Mexico Democrats took only one seat on Tuesday, but as Susan Dunlap of the NM Political Report writes, their new 27-15 majority will be significantly more progressive than the 26-16 it replaces.

Conservative Democrats have weakened legislation for the past two years to raise the minimum wage and block efforts to legalize marijuana and repeal a 1969 law that made it a crime to have an abortion in most cases. In June, however, five of these conservative Democratic incumbents lost to major progressive enemies. Republicans managed to flip two of these districts over last week, but Team Blue more than made up for it with three seats held by the GOP.

RI State House, Senate: Rhode Island's Democratic State House is getting a new spokesperson who is a real improvement on the man he is replacing and, ironically, it is due to a Republican victory on Tuesday.

Spokesman Nicholas Mattiello lost re-election by 59:41 against Republican Barbara Ann Fenton-Fung, wife of outgoing Mayor of Cranston and GOP gubernatorial candidate Allan Fung for 2014/2018. Majority Leader Joe Shekarchi secured votes quickly enough to become the new speaker, which will make him the Chamber's second gay leader.

Shekarchi calls himself "moderate" on all issues, although he is significantly better than the conservative Mattiello on some key issues. Shekarchi backed a successful 2019 bill to protect abortion rights, legislation Mattiello had voted against (although he still let her speak). The Boston Globe Edward Fitzpatrick also writes that Shekarchi has a D rating from the NRA compared to Mattiello's A score.

WPRI's Ted Nesi and Shekarchi also took an early step to address the left by appointing Chris Blazejewski as majority leader. A move that Nesi says: who likes to publicly advertise its ability to thwart liberal politics. "

The status quo has been largely paramount in the Senate, where Senate President Dominick Ruggerio and Senate Majority Leader Mike McCaffrey remain in command for months after the ongoing primary challenges were rejected. However, Nesi writes that the couple "both signaled Friday night that they plan to shift politics to the left after progressing major wins – including by supporting the legalization of recreational marijuana."


Mayor of Richmond, VA: While Democratic Mayor Levar Stoney received just 37% of the vote on Tuesday against two well-funded internal party opponents, thanks to the city's strange electoral system, he managed to avoid a runoff. Stoney voted multiple times in six of the city's nine parishes, which is more than it took him to finally win. Alexsis Rodgers, a former state director for the National Domestic Workers Alliance, took 27% of the city's impartial competition, while Councilor Kim Gray was just behind with 26%.

Mayor of San Diego, CA.: MP Todd Gloria's victory in the all-democratic general election was confirmed Monday when Councilor Barbara Bry admitted.

Gloria was 56:44 ahead of Bry, who the San Diego Union-Tribune said in March, had "more centrist positions on corporate regulations and new housing in single-family areas" competing for the success of retired Republican incumbent Kevin Faulconer. Gloria, who served as interim mayor for six months from 2013 to 2014, is the first gay person to be elected to the post and the first to be elected mayor for color.

Electoral measures

PR ballot: Voters in Puerto Rico approved a non-binding referendum on "Should Puerto Rico join the union as a state immediately" by a margin of 52-48. However, it is very unlikely that Congress will allow Puerto Rico as long as Republicans control at least one chamber. While it's far from clear which party the island would prefer if it were a state, Republicans like Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have insisted the move would give the Democrats two Senate seats "permanently".

Other races

AZ Corporation Commission: Republicans will hold a 3-2 majority in the State Corporation Commission, the powerful body that regulates utilities after the Democrats swap just one of the two seats they needed to take control. Democrat Anna Tovar took first place in the nationwide six-person race with 17.6%, while reigning Lea Marquez Peterson took second place with 17.5%. The decisive third place went to Jim O & # 39; Connor, who ousted fellow Republican Eric Sloan from 3/17 to 4/16.

The other two seats, one in democratic hands and one in GOP hands, will be elected in 2022. Team Blue would have to take over both to turn the corporate commission around in two years.

GA Commission for the Public Service: Civil Service Commissioner Bubba McDonald, a Republican who has served on the five-member utility regulator for 22 years, did not get the majority he needed to avoid a December 1 runoff. McDonald received 49.9% of the vote nationwide, while Democrat Daniel Blackman was a few points behind, 47.0%.

While both seats in the U.S. Senate in Georgia are also running for runoff, those competitions will take place more than a month later on Jan. 5: Peach State requires candidates for state-level races and federal non-presidential races to win the majority of the races win votes, but runoff elections to federal and state competitions take place on separate days (partly due to federal law that requires military and overseas voters to receive their ballot papers at least 45 days before the federal elections to ensure they arrive on time)

P.S. Interestingly, a second member of the GOP Public Service Commission managed to win Jason Shaw, 50-47, despite Shaw making his first election since his appointment last year. The Atlanta Journal Constitution notes that Shaw and Blackman both had the support of the state AFL-CIO, which may explain the small but crucial difference between the two Republicans.

Maricopa County, AZ Attorney: Appointed GOP incumbent Allister Adel defeated Democratic challenger Julie Gunnigle 51-49.

TX Railroad Commission: Republican Jim Wright defeated Democrat Chrysta Castañeda 53:43, which means his party will keep its 3-0 majority in the body that regulates the energy industry.

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