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Old 11-16-2012, 03:15 PM
 
Location: San Diego
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Democrats picked up another seat in the House today!

Incumbent Republican Representative Brian Bilbray of California conceded to Democrat Scott Peters.

California GOP Rep. Brian Bilbray concedes

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Rep. Brian Bilbray (R-Calif.) has conceded defeat in his San Diego-area district, handing Democrats another pickup with just two intra-party races yet to be determined.
Bilbray trails San Diego Port Commissioner Scott Peters (D) by 3,877 votes. He called Peters to congratulated him and issued a statement acknowledging Peters’ victory.
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Old 11-16-2012, 03:16 PM
 
Location: New Mexico
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Dems seem to winning these close calls.
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Old 11-16-2012, 03:19 PM
 
Location: San Diego
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Dems seem to winning these close calls.
Yes ... and two more to go:

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With the win, Democrats have now gained six House seats in the 2012 election, with the GOP’s House majority reduced to 234-199.
Democrats also lead in the last two undetermined races, with Reps. Mike McIntyre (D-N.C.) and Ron Barber (D-Ariz.) holding small leads.
What really surprised me about Bilbray losing, is it indicates that San Diego is turning into a Democrat area, which is unusual, since San Diego is heavily populated by military.

We have numerous military bases. We also have lots of ex-Military who are retired here.

Also this year, a Democrat won as our new mayor. Previously we had a Republican mayor.

So maybe the military is beginning to lean more to the Democrats as well?

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Old 11-16-2012, 03:21 PM
 
Location: New Mexico
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Question Not that it really matters, but..

... did Allen West finally admit defeat?
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Old 11-16-2012, 03:30 PM
 
Location: San Diego
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... did Allen West finally admit defeat?
Apparently not ... but I think it's getting close:

Judge denies Allen West’s request for fuller recount – CNN Political Ticker - CNN.com Blogs
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(CNN) Ė A Florida judge on Friday denied Rep. Allen West's request for a recount of all early ballots in his race for re-election because his appeal did not meet the requirements for a temporary injunction, CNN affiliate WPBF reported.
West's campaign had filed a complaint Tuesday in St. Lucie County, calling for the court to order a recount of all of the early ballots cast in Florida's 18th Congressional District.
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Old 11-16-2012, 03:54 PM
 
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With the win, Democrats have now gained six House seats in the 2012 election, with the GOPís House majority reduced to 234-199.
Democrats also lead in the last two undetermined races, with Reps. Mike McIntyre (D-N.C.) and Ron Barber (D-Ariz.) holding small leads.
The Democrats lead in both of these outstanding races. The final tally looks to be 234-201.

In historical context, this is the third-highest number of seats the Republicans have won in the past 42 House elections (going back thru the 1930 elections), behind 1946 (246 seats) and 2010 (242 seats).

By comparison, in the past 42 House elections the Democrats have exceeded the GOP maximum of 246 seats during that time a total of 22 times (yes, over half the time), most recently in 2008 when they won 257 seats, and most impressively in 1936, when the House elections went as follows: 333 Democrats, 89 Republicans, 13 third-party/independents.
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Old 11-16-2012, 04:34 PM
 
Location: On the "Left Coast", somewhere in "the Land of Fruits & Nuts"
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Yes ... and two more to go:

What really surprised me about Bilbray losing, is it indicates that San Diego is turning into a Democrat area, which is unusual, since San Diego is heavily populated by military.

We have numerous military bases. We also have lots of ex-Military who are retired here.

Also this year, a Democrat won as our new mayor. Previously we had a Republican mayor.

So maybe the military is beginning to lean more to the Democrats as well?
The economy around there, like much of the coast already, also seems to be becoming more "tech-oriented", younger and better educated, all of which tend to be more "lib-rul" groups. Current demographic trends are not looking kindly on the GOP... and this is kinda the "leading edge".
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Old 11-16-2012, 04:39 PM
 
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The economy around there, like much of the coast already, also seems to be becoming more "tech-oriented", younger and better educated, all of which tend to be more "lib-rul" groups.
President Obama has twice won a majority of votes in San Diego County, the first Democrat to do so since FDR in 1944 (Clinton won the county by a narrow plurality in 1992, though at 37% this was far short of a majority).

The city itself has voted for the Democratic candidate in six consecutive Presidential elections.
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Old 11-16-2012, 06:03 PM
 
Location: On the "Left Coast", somewhere in "the Land of Fruits & Nuts"
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President Obama has twice won a majority of votes in San Diego County, the first Democrat to do so since FDR in 1944 (Clinton won the county by a narrow plurality in 1992, though at 37% this was far short of a majority).

The city itself has voted for the Democratic candidate in six consecutive Presidential elections.
Cool! Now am kinda curious whether any of that will eventually ever spill over into the neighboring 49th District, which still elects right wing embarrassments like one-time accused car thief Senator Darrell Issa!

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