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On a plane circling Baghdad in gray dawn light, a little Iraqi girl quietly sang to herself in the next row. “When I start to wonder why I’m making this trip,” Sean Penn murmured to me, “I see that child and I remember what it’s about.”

  Democrat Norman Solomon has narrowed the vote margin with Republican Dan Roberts to only 172 votes throughout the six counties comprising California's 2nd Congressional District.

Fewer than 1,000 ballots remain to be counted in Sonoma County, the only county still tallying ballots in the district.  While the 172-vote gap is expected to narrow still further as Sonoma County processes its final outstanding ballots, it has become numerically very unlikely Solomon will overtake Roberts as these few remaining ballots are tallied.

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.

Leading up to this Tuesday, Norman Solomon, a popular author, activist, and California District 2 candidate hoping to win a seat occupied by retiring progressive Rep. Lynn Woolsey, has been betting that delivering a strong progressive message with down-to-earth humility is the right formula to earn people dollars -- money from the people who actually enter the booth, punch the chads, and proudly live with the consequences.

A key paradox for progressives of our national political life goes something like this: everybody complains about Congress, but nobody does anything about it.

The veteran activist and writer may become one of the most progressive people on Capitol Hill. Norman Solomon isn’t the typical candidate for Congress. And that’s a compliment – he might actually be one of the most promising candidates ever, from a progressive standpoint.

Norman Solomon's campaign for California's new North Coast Congressional district (CA-02) released the results of the most recently conducted poll in the race, showing Solomon in second place in the 12-way contest, in which the top two finishers in June's primary election will advance to the November general election.

Norman Solomon, a longtime activist and media scholar, first came under FBI scrutiny at the age of 14 for picketing a segregated apartment complex near his home in Maryland. In the following years, Solomon campaigned against nuclear weapons and warfare, spending a total of 40 days in jail for nonviolent civil disobedience. He is author of a dozen books and numerous op-eds that have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Los Angeles Times, among other outlets. Currently, he has been engaged in a competitive campaign to represent Northern California's District 2 in the US House of Representatives.

This week Glenn Greenwald made the case for 3 of the most spectacular candidates running for Congress, anywhere, Franke Wilmer (MT), Cecil Bothwell (NC) and Norman Solomon (CA).

California's North Coast is nearly synonymous with a New Age-y strand of progressivism. For two decades, Rep. Lynn Woolsey has represented it in Congress by denouncing the wars waged by both major parties' presidents:

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