Democrat Norman Solomon has reduced the raw vote count separating him and Republican Dan Roberts by nearly 60 percent in the two weeks since the June 5 primary election in California's 2nd Congressional District.
At the midpoint of the 28 days allowed by California law for the six county elections officials in the 2nd Congressional District to complete and report their elections results to California's Secretary of State, Solomon has narrowed the raw vote count from 1,397 as of the last report issued on election night down to 596 as of the most-recent update issued Friday evening. And there remain more than 17,000 ballots to be counted throughout the district.
"I have consistently maintained -- since election night -- that I am confident once all of the votes cast in this race are actually counted that Norman Solomon will have earned a top-two finish and advance to the general election," declared Tom Higgins, Solomon's political consultant. "This point is being borne out as the outstanding votes are continually being counted and included in the total vote tally for the district," continued Higgins.
Solomon has winnowed the election night 1 percent difference between himself and Roberts down to 0.39 percent. The contest remains one designated by California’s Secretary of State Debra Bowen as a "close contest" due to the still and increasingly unresolved question as to who the top two finishers will be once all the votes cast in the race are counted (http://vote.sos.ca.gov/returns/close-contests/).
Three counties -- Del Norte, Mendocino, and Trinity -- have completed counting all of their ballots and issued their final reports.
Sonoma County has the bulk of the remaining votes -- absentees and provisional -- to be included in the contest with an estimated 8,700 of those within the 2nd Congressional District; Sonoma County is not providing any interim updates and is expected to issue its final report at the end of this week or within the first half of next week.
Humboldt County has approximately 6,500 absentee and provisional ballots remaining to be included in its final count which is expected to be issued this week.
Marin County has issued two updates to date and has approximately 2,000 provisional ballots remaining to be included in its final report which is also expected to be issued sometime this week.
"Dan Roberts cannot look to gain any further vote margin out of his best-performing counties since Del Norte and Trinity counties have already issued their final numbers," said Higgins. "I am further buoyed Norman Solomon will advance to the general election given the overwhelming majority of the outstanding votes are in Solomon's better-performing counties of Sonoma and Marin. And late-return absentee and provisional ballots historically perform more like votes cast at the polls on election day which further benefits Solomon. That remains how and why I believe Norman Solomon will overtake Dan Roberts to secure the second-place finish he has earned once all the votes are counted in this race," concluded Higgins.
All 58 county elections officials have until Tuesday, July 3 to certify their elections results to California's Secretary of State as provided for in California's Elections Code.
Link to the media release on Norman Solomon for Congress
When Massachusetts Democrat Elizabeth Warren and the rest of the 2013 class of liberal senators start work this month, they'll have to do more than figure out the byzantine ways of getting things done in Washington.
They'll also have to decide how seriously to engage a progressive movement that sees their assent a historic opportunity to shift the Democratic Party to the left.
WASHINGTON -- Nearly two years after Wall Street waged a successful campaign to keep consumer advocate Elizabeth Warren from running the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the incoming senator will be tapped to serve on the Banking Committee, according to four sources familiar with the situation.
Politico recently declared, "The Senate is about to become a liberal lion’s den."
In 2012, groups like the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, MoveOn.org, CREDO Action, and Democracy for America worked hard to build progressive power in Congress. This week's iconic photo of Senators-elect Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) walking together down the corridors of power is symbolic of the rising progressive tide.
An overbearing and at times ridiculously aggressive Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown came across as a desperate man Thursday night, as he attempted to gain the upper hand in the first debateof this year's most closely-watched U.S. Senate race and, by extension, in a reelection contest that seems to be slipping away from him.
Mayor Thomas M. Menino is expected to endorse Democrat Elizabeth Warren on Friday in her bid to unseat Republican US Senator Scott Brown, according to two people with knowledge of the plan.
Bill Clinton may have stolen the show at the DNC last night with his 45-minute, half-ad-libbed barn-burner of a speech, but there were a few other noteworthy speakers as well. After dragging for an hour or two, the night's program picked up when Massachusetts Senate candidate, CFPB creator, and economic realtalker extraordinaire Elizabeth Warren took the stage.
It was a grim, sleety day in Chicopee, a gritty postindustrial town in western Massachusetts, where paint flakes off worn-out bridges and boarded-up factories. At a community relations luncheon, kind security guards were opening back doors and holding out umbrellas for the few willing to brave the freezing slush.
Retired Amherst gentleman John Kick is not known as a political activist. In the Springfield union hall where he ventured last October to hear Democratic senatorial candidate Elizabeth Warren, he might have seemed a world-weary citizen with vague curiosity about the professor turned politician.
But John's sorrowful demeanor and disconsolate eyes betrayed a woefully wounded heart. His son, Gabe, took his own life just a month earlier, at the age of 28. John keeps moving, somehow, in the dreadful private agony understood only by parents who persist in such an aftermath.
If you’re reading this, you probably already know how you feel about Elizabeth Warren. Warren is currently running for Senate in Massachusetts, in the hopes of knocking out Republican incumbent Scott Brown. Very few first-time candidates are so well-known, or so passionately beloved.
NOW/PAC is thrilled to announce its endorsement of Democratic candidate Elizabeth Warren for the U. S. Senate from the state of Massachusetts. Warren is the most prominent of the three Democrats vying to run against incumbent Sen. Scott Brown (R) in the general election. Recent polls show Warren neck and neck with Brown.
BOSTON – It is past time for the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) to step up and help prevent unnecessary foreclosures in Massachusetts, said Consumer Advocate Elizabeth Warren, reinforcing calls from members of the Massachusetts Congressional delegation and Attorney General Martha Coakley.
U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern this week endorsed Democratic candidate Elizabeth Warren for the United States Senate.
Millions of Americans hoped President Obama would nominate Elizabeth Warren to head the consumer financial watchdog agency she had created. Instead, she was pushed aside. As Warren kicks off her run for Scott Brown’s Senate seat in Massachusetts, Suzanna Andrews charts the Harvard professor’s emergence as a champion of the beleaguered middle class, and her fight against a powerful alliance of bankers, lobbyists, and politicians.
For a few years now, politicians straining against all of the antigovernment demagogy have been searching for a way to energize public interest and remind voters of the essential government services and protections they rely on and all too often take for granted.
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — More than a few local Democrats would be ecstatic if Elizabeth Warren decides to run against Scott Brown for the U.S. Senate. Warren is kicking around the idea of running and stopped in Pittsfield on Friday to meet with party members to gauge their support as part of a listening tour across the state.