DemDaily: A Win for Democrats! 2017 Election Update

June 7, 2017

Jimmy Gomez Wins CA 34

Democrats now have a plus one in the special election column!

State Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez won yesterday's special election to replace Xavier Becerra in California's 34th Congressional District.

Gomez, 42, beat fellow Democrat and former Los Angeles City Planning Commissioner Robert Lee Ahn 60.1% to 30.9%. Gomez and Ahn were the top vote-getters in the April 4th jungle primary, where all candidates, regardless of party affiliation, compete for the top two slots to advance to the general election.

The predominantly Democratic, Los Angeles-based seat has been held since 1992 by Becerra, who was tapped by Governor Jerry Brown in January to replace now-Senator Kamala Harris as the state's attorney general.

Phil Murphy (D) will face Kim Guadagno (R) in November's New Jersey election (pic: Politico)

The New Jersey primary elections were also held June 6th, with Democrat Philip Murphy and Republican Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno advancing to the general election to replace incumbent Governor Chris Christie.

Murphy, a former Ambassador to Germany and Goldman Sachs executive, beat a field of five candidates with 48.3% and Guadagno overcame four opponents to win with 46.8%.

A May Quinnipiac poll showed Murphy leading Guadagno 50%-25% in a general election match-up, with 21% undecided -- setting the stage for Dems to re-take the seat held by Christie, dubbed "America's most unpopular Governor."

Next Up!
The next election on the books is Virginia's gubernatorial primary next Tuesday, June 13th, where Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam and former Congressman Tom Perriello are in a neck-and-neck race for the Democratic nomination.

The winner will likely face former Republican National Committee Chairman and 2014 US Senate nominee Ed Gillespie in November to replace incumbent Terry McAuliffe, who is term-limited. A May 9-14 Washington Post-Schar poll shows both Dems leading Gillespie by double-digits in the general.

Of the 38 gubernatorial seats that are up in the 2018 election cycle, New Jersey and Virginia are the only two up in 2017.

Special Elections
The following week, on June 20th, two of three remaining special elections for vacated Congressional seats will be held - in Georgia's 6th CD and South Carolina's 5th CD.

In the Georgia special, now the most expensive Congressional race in history, Democrat John Ossoff holds a razor-then lead over Republican Karen Handel 49.1% to 47.6% (WSB-TV/Landmark, May 30-31).

Remaining 2017 Special Elections

Congressional District (CD) Incumbent Election Date Democratic
Republican Candidates 2016 Presidential % in CD
Georgia 6th District Tom Price, left to serve as Secretary of Health & Human Services General: June 20 Former Congressional Aide Jon Ossoff Former Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel Clinton 47%
Trump 48%
South Carolina 5th District Mick Mulvaney, left to serve as Director, Office of Management & Budget General: June 20 Goldman Sachs senior adviser Archie Parnell State Rep Ralph Norman Clinton 39%
Trump 57%
Utah 3rd District Jason Chaffetz Primary: August 15. 
November 7, 2017
Kathie Allen, Benjamin Frank, Carl Ingwell, Faeiza Javed

Independent American Party:
Jason Christensen, Aaron Heineman

Libertarian Party:
Joe Buchman 
Potential Unaffiliated:
Jim Bennett
Stewart Peay, Deidre Henderson, Christopher Niles Herrod, Margaret Dayton, Brad Daw, Damian Kidd, Keith Kuder, Tanner Ainge, Debbie Aldrich, Shayne Horton Row, Paul David Fife, Jeremy Lewis Friedbaum, John Curtis, Brigham Rhead Cottam, Mike Leavitt
Clinton 23%
Trump 47%
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Sources: LA Times, New York Times, Washington Post, Ballotpedia, Politico

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