Thursday, October 29, 2009

The Other Special Election: California's 10th Congressional District

From the Politico, "California Race in New York's Shadow":

With Washington’s gaze fixed on the contentious, three-way House special election in upstate New York on Nov. 3, California’s 10th District contest on the same day has been largely overlooked.

But with just over a week to go before Election Day, California Republicans continue to hold out hope for an upset victory by Republican David Harmer in his bid to replace former Democratic Rep. Ellen Tauscher.

Harmer faces Democratic Lt. Gov. John Garamendi in the Bay Area special election, held in a district where Democrats hold an 18-point voter registration advantage. Tauscher traded her House seat for a top job at the State Department earlier this year.

While the National Republican Congressional Committee and the Republican National Committee have been spending far more time and money in the GOP-held New York district where Republican Dede Scozzafava faces Democrat Bill Owens and Conservative Party nominee Doug Hoffman, Harmer’s campaign contends that the West Coast race could prove to be a sleeper.

“I understand they’re tied up in New York, but the fact is, we think we’ve pulled close,” Tim Clark, Harmer’s lead strategist, told POLITICO. “We are not yet a target [race]. We would like to be a target, but we do anticipate some help” with getting out the vote.
Plus, check Jim Geraghty, "David Harmer Might Be Running the Right Race at the Right Time." And, "Race to Replace Tauscher May Be Closer Than First Thought."

Also, at American Thinker, "Why a Harmer Win Would Be Huge."