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California Remains a Blue State Hellscape

California Remains a Blue State Hellscape

Votes continued to be tallied days after the election, including several key congressional districts.

It is fortunate that I was not emotionally invested in the outcome of the election in California.

Perhaps the race that most interested me was the Los Angeles mayor’s race. Ahead of the election, I reported that Republican businessman Rick Caruso and Democratic Congresswoman Karen Bass, are in a dead heat in the race.

Initially, Caruso was ahead in the votes. But as the votes are still being counted, days after the election has ended, Bass is miraculously leading slightly.

Democratic Congresswoman Karen Bass took the lead in a close race against billionaire real-estate developer Rick Caruso to become the next mayor of Los Angeles, according to partial results still trickling out from local election officials.

Bass had 50.4% support compared to 49.6% for Caruso as of Friday afternoon, with an estimated 62% of the votes tallied, according data from the county registrar’s office and the Associated Press. Caruso had led in early counting.

Even though the election was Nov. 8, a winner may not be declared for several more days, or longer, as officials tally the mail-in ballots.

Several of the congressional races are still “too close to call” and the tallies continue.

Congressional campaigns on both sides of the aisle expressed cautious optimism as election officials continue tallying votes, a process that could take weeks.

With the prospect of the House majority on the line, the entire nation may be kept in suspense because of California’s notoriously plodding count — a scenario few expected in the lead-up to election day.

…In the 41st Congressional District, Democrat Will Rollins was trailing Rep. Ken Calvert — the longest-serving GOP member of California’s congressional delegation — by more than 1,250 votes as of Thursday evening.

Calvert’s past opposition to gay rights may have hurt him among the Coachella Valley’s large LGBTQ community, said Mitchell, which could be one reason the early results had trended toward Rollins, who is gay.</blockquote

Republican Scott Baugh is challenging Democratic Rep. Katie Porter to represent the 47th Congressional District in Orange County, remained confident. Those votes counts are still trickling in.

“Early returns in California as you know always favor the Democrats. How many of you voted on election day?” he asked the crowd as hands shot up. “You’re going to reverse what the results are right now and you’re going to put us in the lead by midnight.”

At midnight, Baugh was trailing Porter by fewer than 1,000 votes. By Thursday, Porter’s lead had grown to just under 3,000.

The mood in Porter’s camp was one of cautious optimism Wednesday. In 2018, it took 11 days for the race between Porter and Republican Mimi Walters to be called.

“There are still tens of thousands of ballots left to be counted, and our campaign respects Orange County voters and will wait patiently for the results,” said campaign spokesperson Lindsay Reilly.

California’s 45th district is also looking promising.

Republican Michelle Steel captured over 67,000 votes in the race for California’s 45th Congressional District, leading against Democratic Jay Chen with 56% of the votes shortly past midnight on Wednesday after nearly 120,000 ballots counted.

Rep. Steel said she supports affordable healthcare, lowering taxes, supporting law enforcement and fighting inflation. She previously represented California’s 48th District, which included Huntington Beach, Aliso Viejo and Newport Beach before redistricting in 2020.

Not surprisingly, Gov. Gavin Newsom was the victor, garnering 58% of the vote to Republican challenger’s Brian Dahle’s 42% tally.

I hope when the final ballot is counted that the Republicans will control the House of Representatives at least. However, for the time being, California remains a Midnight Blue Hellscape.


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Colonel Travis | November 12, 2022 at 2:15 pm

Along with voting season we have counting season.
What could go wrong?

Suburban Farm Guy | November 12, 2022 at 2:39 pm

Problem is we who think we live in a Republic have gotten snookered into making the whole thing predicate on the result of voting — in a crooked system that’s now controlled by our enemies, enemies of our Republic. They want Democrat Marxist democracy and letting us win anything is anathema. Totalitarian dictatorship is their ultimate end.

    On the other hand Alabama was a Democrat majority State four decades ago. Today it’s a r stronghold. Basically the opposite trajectory of CA. Not unique to Alabama, this is a common phenomenon across many Red States.

    When the voters can’t or won’t be bothered to pay attention before the snowball of the d/prog gets moving downhill then they put themselves in a bad spot. The rules for how elections are run change. The only way to comeback is begin the decades long task that was undertaken in former blue States like Alabama where it was very lonely on the r side for a long time.

    Also important, probably most important, to accept the existing rules and elections framework. If the rules allow ballot harvesting then the r and the independent voters who don’t want d/prog are gonna have to out harvest the d/prog or at least close the gap. We may not like the rules but we gotta figure out how to perform better where ballot harvesting is allowed and quit complaining about it.

If California Republicans spent more time concentrating on their state instead of whining about Texas and Florida, they might get somewhere.

    gonzotx in reply to txvet2. | November 12, 2022 at 3:55 pm

    Actually the CA Congressional republican wins
    May just say the house for us ..Of course, the voting machine inCa is trying to eat those wins up as we speak, won’t have the “count” , ie steal, for 2 weeks!!! 2 weeks!

    And we stand for this

    Remember, the Marxist AG sent FBI to 24 states to “monitor”…. Right…

      CommoChief in reply to gonzotx. | November 12, 2022 at 4:28 pm

      The residents of CA or other States face ballot harvesting and/or extended vote count periods because the folks they elected to the legislature designed the system that way.

      There’s not a lot voters in other jurisdictions can do to fix that. We can send a few bucks to help out but really it’s up to them to fix for themselves. We absolutely don’t want to start having Congress get more involved in setting voting rules from DC.

California, sanctuary state that offers religious sanction to babies aborted at the border, in chambers, in clinics with dreams of herr Mengele.

Subotai Bahadur | November 12, 2022 at 3:25 pm

California is beyond rescue. If nothing else, its ever more politically correct laws that ignore both reality and economics are going to doom it. Those who love freedom, which excludes the Left entirely, need to get out now. If you have a business in California, relocate to a free state now while you still can. If you can move yourself out of California, do it while you still can. It will not be easy, but it is for your childrens’ future.

Subotai Bahadur

Just some fyi

Ed Rollins and Wall Street Club already have it in place. It’s just name change. Formerly “Friends of Ron DeSantis”

Also, Florida Voters Please Note. A Pres SuperPAC does not exist *WITHOUT* candidate approval/endorsement.

FYI, you were hoodwinked.…
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DeSantis for President Super PAC to launch before Thanksgiving…

    CommoChief in reply to gonzotx. | November 12, 2022 at 5:33 pm

    Two points.

    1. Piling up every thread with Trump v DeSantis is becoming tedious.

    2. When circumstances change so do the decisions of smart people. They adjust to the new landscape because it’s adapt or be left behind or perish.

    DJT gambled on his touch bestowing victory and would be pounding his chest had things been different for his hand selected candidates. Rightly so as there is no substitute for victory.

    Unfortunately the Statewide DJT candidates mostly fizzled and that disrupted the narrative of DJT magic. Had the gamble paid off and those DJT candidates won it would be a different set of circumstances. But they didn’t and it isn’t.

    Instead the old lion was wounded again in 2022 midterms on top his 2020 wounds and is lashing out at the young lions. Time will tell if the old lion survives unnecessarily provoking a multitude of younger, more recently victorious lions.

      gonzotx in reply to CommoChief. | November 12, 2022 at 6:15 pm

      You get more victorious?

      It fit so I put it here , you just don’t like hearing the truth, that DeSantis is bought

      The truth shall set you free, at least that’s what they use to say, now, there’s my truth your truth , l it in reality there is but one truth.

      Feel free not to read my comments or links

        CommoChief in reply to gonzotx. | November 12, 2022 at 9:05 pm

        There is objective truth which is based on observable facts to which rational and reasonable people agree.. Then there are opinions and interpretations derived from those facts to which rational and reasonable people can disagree.

        That disagreement can often be done in a sense of goodwill by not automatically claiming the other party is acting in bad faith by their disagreement with one’s interpretation or opinion.

        That’s what made LI different from most other sites. The folks commenting, particularly the regulars, observed the basics of civility and logical reasoning. The frequent disagreements were a matter of differences of opinion about basic, commonly accepted, observable or provable facts.

        That seems to have changed for the worse.

        GravityOpera in reply to gonzotx. | November 13, 2022 at 4:14 pm

        I’ll take a “bought” DeSantis over the loser Trump any day of the week and twice on Sunday.

    Danny in reply to gonzotx. | November 12, 2022 at 8:46 pm

    Read the article the rich people backing DeSantis are conservatives, and care about issues.

    Second Professor Jacobson already showed you to be a fool with a list of private equity billionaires who backed Trump.

    Milhouse in reply to gonzotx. | November 13, 2022 at 1:26 am

    Also, Florida Voters Please Note. A Pres SuperPAC does not exist *WITHOUT* candidate approval/endorsement.

    More bullshit from the bullshit artist gonzotx. This is the exact opposite of the truth. The candidate cannot be involved in any way in it. It may not consult the candidate on anything. To be safe, it shouldn’t even communicate with the candidate at all.

LOL Karen Bass.
Unlike her guns, I bet she’s figured out how to “securely store” her ballots so they won’t get stolen.

“Initially, Caruso was ahead in the votes. But as the votes are still being counted, days after the election has ended, Bass is miraculously leading slightly.”

All which goes to show that Democrats have absolutely no aversion to stabbing each other in the back if it means winning an election.

It’s been pointed out the established Republicans shunned MAGA Republicans either to stop Trump from winning by proxy. Mitch cut off funding to many candidates who were Trump backers.

    Danny in reply to Skip. | November 12, 2022 at 8:44 pm

    It has been claimed but that is just a lie Mitch McConnell’s pac poured money into every race.

    Taking 9 million away from Blake Masters at one point in the campaign (which was later restored to the tune of 10 million) in a race that spent as much as it did really isn’t much to talk about.

    We could discuss that J.D. Vance raised 12 million total, and was rescued by a 37 million dollar infusion by Mitch McConnell.

    After a certain point money just ceases to matter (Brian Kemp was outspent by a massive margin).

Democrats run systems designed for cheating.

Without suffering consequences, they will never stop cheating.

Sadly this means that public opinion has to be over 60% against them for them to lose by 532 votes.