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THE NOONER for September 18, 2014
END OF SESSION AWARDS: Voting is now open through Friday at 5pm for the End-of-Session awards. In addition to legislators of the year, this year you can vote for nominees for top legislative staff, committee staff, and lobbyists. All candidates were nominated by you, The Nooner readers.
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CD25 (Santa Clarita): After failed gubernatorial candidate Tim Donnelly sent out a "Dear Patriots" email inviting supporters to walk precincts with him on behalf of State Senator Steve Knight's campaign against former State Senator Tony Strickland, former Democratic congressional candidate Lee Rogers withdrew his support of Knight. Knight has now either uninvited Donnelly or has clarified that Donnelly was never invited, depending on who you ask. [John Hrabe | LA Times | SantaClarita.com]
While I believe a Democrat supporting an opposite party candidate rarely has an impact, this can be the case. The two Democrats garnered 20,464 votes in June, slightly more than the 19,090 for Strickland and 18,327 for Knight. As I've written before, this seat likely comes into play for Democrats later on in this decade--possibly in 2016--but it was quite unlikely in 2014. Thus, the seat was likely to go to a Republican even if Rogers, a solid candidate, had won the primary.
National Democrats could care less whether Steve Knight or Tony Strickland wins Buck McKeon's congressional seat. There just aren't many votes that get to the floor where the two would act differently. It's just a personality issue, and the job of national strategists is to take the local preference for personality out of it. Thus, it was a huge misstep that Rogers jumped on the Knight bandwagon. Why would Democrats want an incumbent to run against in 2016 who was supported by the party's favorite in 2014?
Knight is likely hurt by the loss of endorsement and surrounding publicity. Rogers hokey pokey will disadvantage him among Democrats in 2016, but the winner is still probably the Democratic party, considering all things.
AD40 (Redlands): In the 60-day voter registration data to be posted next week by the SOS, expect Dems to have lost 0.9% since the May report and Republicans to have gained 1%. Other parties have gained 0.2%. This changes the Dem-Rep margin from 1,467 to -55, making this possible target look tough for Dems. However, if there is a significant voter reg drive at the local colleges, this could even things back out for Democratic candidate and college Katy Henry, who is running against Republican and Rancho Cucamonga councilmember Marc Steinorth.
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