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Here are the current tallies of the picks of contest participants. These are all percentages of participants who predict the candidate will win, of course not how much candidates will win by. The page is updated live as participants join and make or update picks.

With 387 participants as of this morning, here are a some of the closest projected wins:

IC Ricardo Lara (D) 47.63%
IC Steve Poizner (N) 52.37%


CD39 Young Kim (R) 41.89%
CD39 Gil Cisneros (D) 58.11%


SD14 Melissa Hurtado (D) 44.65%
SD14 Andy Vidak (R) 55.35%


SD22 Michael Eng (D) 45.15%
SD22 Susan Rubio (D) 54.85%


AD38 Christy Smith (D) 46.71%
AD38 Dante Acosta (R) 53.29%


AD72 Tyler Diep (R) 42.86%
AD72 Josh Lowenthal (D) 57.14%


I previously announced the awards:

  • First: $100 Amazon card or charitable contribution of your choice (pot in case of tie)
  • Second: $50 Amazon card or charitable contribution of your choice (pot in case of tie)
  • Third: $25 Amazon card or charitable contribution of your choice (pot in case of tie)

In addition, any Nooner Premium subscriber will have a $25 bonus applied to their prize in thanks for their support.

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You can come back to change your picks any time up to 12pm on Election Day--November 6.

Only the top 25 participants will be shown, but the individual race answers will not be listed. As I've done in the past, I will have a "Wisdom of the Crowds" page showing the percentages of each of the answers after there is a sufficient sample size of participants. 





  • CA01 (Northeast): changed from Safe Republican to Likely Republican



  • CA congressional delegation:
    • Current: 39 Democrats, 14 Republicans
    • My current projection for 116th Congress: 44 Democrats, 9 Republicans
      - Dems hold 39; Reps hold 9
      - Dems pick up 5 leaners/likelies -- Denham (CA10), Knight (CA25)Walters (CA45), Rohrabacher (CA48), and Open/Issa (CA49)
  • Senate:
    • Current: 26 Democrats, 14 Republicans
    • My current projection for 2019-20 session: 27 Democrats, 13 Republicans
      - Dems pick up Open/Cannella (SD12)
  • Assembly:
    • Current: 55 Democrats, 25 Republicans
    • My current projection for 2019-20 session: 57-59 Democrats
      - Dems hold 55, with guaranteed pick-up AD76 Chávez/Open seat
      likely pick-up in Open/Steinorth (AD40)
      - tough holds for Dems in Salas (AD32) and Cervantes (AD60)
      - tough holds for Reps in Acosta (AD38) and Open/Allen (AD72), Harper AD74 and Reps holding in Baker (AD16).



GENERIC CONGRESSIONAL BALLOT: The current Real Clear Politics generic congressional ballot average of polls from 9/27-10/9/2018 has Democrats+6.9. (change from yesterday: -0.4) 

For comparison purposes only: In the same period in 2014, Republicans had an edge of +2.4. 


  • US Senate control: 18.6% D, 81.4% R (Change from yesterday: R+1.0)
  • Senate seats: 48 D, 52 R (Change from yesterday: R+1)
  • CA US Senate projected vote: Feinstein: 59.8%, de León 40.2% (Change from yesterday: no change)
  • House control: 78.1%% D, 21.9% R (Change from yesterday: D+0.4)
  • House seats: 230 D, 205 R (Change from yesterday: no change)
  • Popular vote margin: D+8.2% (Change from yesterday: D+0.3)
  • California delegation: 45 Democrats, 6 Republicans, 2 toss-ups (Change from yesterday: no change)


SPORTS PAGE: Game one of the National League Championship Series has the Dodgers at Milwaukee, with first pitch scheduled for 5:07 PDT (FS1). Clayton Kershaw gets the ball for Los Doyers.


Happy Friday! You made it! Holy cow, Texas U.S. Senate candidate Beto O'Rourke (D), who is taking on Ted Cruz (R) raised a record breaking $38.1 million in the third quarter. The previous record for Senate was set by Rick Lazio, who raised $22m in one quarter when he ran against Hillary Clinton.

Money is just flying around...see article from Evan Halper on congressionals after the jump.

THE LEGISLATIVE LANDSCAPE: So, I provided an eleven-page memo to Nooner Premium earlier this week. I'm not withholding from you, but it pulled everything together in one place and writing long-form in memo style allows a bit more than this email format and more candidness than usual since it's not automatically posted to the web and immediately indexed by search engines.

Anyway, here is the state legislative landscape as I see it with 25 days remaining. As with the congressionals yesterday, these are ordered by competitiveness.

State Senate: Democrats go in to the election with 26 seats, one short of the supermajority. Each party has one focus--Democrats need to pick up one seat and Republicans need to deny Dems that seat. Of course, Democrats don't want to be in the situation of having an exact supermajority as they did, and lost due to the Newman recall and lost, in the 2017-18 session.

Twenty of the forty seats are up. Of those twenty, eleven are currently held by Democrats and nine are currently held by Republicans.

Of these, there are three open seats held by Democrats (SD22, SD24, SD32) and two open seats held by Republicans (SD08, SD12). Additionally, SD14, SD34, and SD36 are considered somewhat in play, and all are currently represented by Republicans.

Here is the ranking, with stream of consciousness notes. While I wrote a full memo earlier this week, this is more like the response you get if you email me and ask me about a race and I respond quickly, particularly if I'm responding by typing on my phone. #FatFingers Some will love this format and some will hate it. Longtime Nooner readers know that it's not unusual for me to switch between long-form and short-form.

  1. SD12 (Salinas-Modesto): Anna Caballero (D) v. Rob Poythress (R) -- Likely Democrat -- This is the center of hope for Democrats to reclaim the supermajority; VR is Dem: 45.1%, Rep: 26.7%, NPP: 24.1%; since 2014: D+0.1, Rep-5.1, NPP+5.1; female Dem v. male Rep; both sides with plenty of resources.

  2. SD22 (San Gabriel Valley): Mike Eng (D) v. Susan Rubio (D) -- Safe Democrat -- battle between labor for Eng and business and charters for Rubio; Ed Hernandez seat

  3. SD14 (Frensno/Bakersfield): Melissa Hurtado (D) v. *Andy Vidak (R) -- Leans Republican -- along with CA21 and AD32, the perennial area of frustration for Dems; Dem: 44.9%, Rep: 26.2%, NPP: 25.0%; district goes Dem statewide, but flips down ballot; will that change with a female Dem against a male Rep in this particular cycle?

  4. SD34 (Westminster/Santa Ana): *Janet Nguyen (R) v. Tom Umberg (D) -- Dem: 39.3%, Reps: 29.8%, NPP: 26.8%; Reps-4.95% since 2014; Umberg name rec; CA48 overlap in Seal Beach, Fountain Valley

  5. SD36 (Oceanside): *Pat Bates (R) v. Marggie Castellano (D) -- Dem: 29.9%, Rep: 38.1%, NPP: 27% -- Bates should be fine, but CA49 overlap w/ Levin strongly favored and the Dem v. Dem race in the AD77 in the southern half of the SD will drive turnout and will favor Castellabo; while Bates opposes offshore drilling, Pres. Trump's suggestion of expanded offshore drilling appears to be pushing owners of expensive ocean-view houses against the GOP (based on CA49 polling)

  6. SD32 (Whittier): Bob Archuleta (D) v. Rita Topalian (R) -- Likely Democrat -- without the Tony Mendoza resignation and the Cristina Garcia (overlapping district) allegations, this certainly wouldn't be in the rankings; both sides are spending here, and it's one district where a GOP female picks up points against a male Democrat; VR of Dem+26.7, however, should provide plenty of buffer for Dems

  7. SD24 (East Los Angeles): Maria Elena Durazo (D) v. Peter Choi (D) -- Durazo, the longtime exec. secty/treas of the LA County Labor Fed should have no problem succeeding Kevin de León in this seat

  8. SD08 (Foothills): Shannon Grove (R) v. Pauline Miranda (D) -- Safe Republican -- 'nuff said


State Assembly: Democrats enter the 2018 elections with 55 seats, one more than necessary in the eighty-member chamber. Of course, all districts are up this year. Of these, five are open seats (AD15, AD30, AD40, AD72, AD76). There are eight more that are added to the playing field of reasonable competitiveness. Democrats are very likely to land between 57-59 seats.

Again, as above, this is a ranking of my perception of competitiveness based on objective and subjective indicators and has nothing to do with partisan competitiveness (i.e. AD15 is safe Dem in an intra-party fight, but I rank as more competitive than the inter-party fight of AD72).

  1. AD38 (Santa Clarita): *Dante Acosta (R) v. Christy Smith (D) -- Toss-up -- overlap with CA25 (Knight) moves this from Leans Rep to Toss-up; both races are female Dem v. male Rep; Dem: 34.6%, Rep: 34.7%, NPP: 25.6%; since 2014, D+0.8, R-4.2, N+3.7; Smith has $$$ advantage, but party money equalizes; race is about Dem turnout and NPP tilt, which largely depends on the congressional race

  2. AD32 (Kings): Justin Mendes (R) v. *Rudy Salas (D) -- Leans Democrat -- defense #1 for Democrats; like CA21 & SD14, strong D registration but poor performance down ballot; VR: Dem: 36.3%, Rep: 25.3%, NPP: 24.7%; since 2014, D-5.25, R-2.9; N+10.65!!!; overlap with CA21 & SD14, this one will likely be among the closest

  3. AD60 (Corona): *Sabrina Cervantes (D) v. Bill Essayli (R) -- Leans Democrat -- VR: Dem: 40.1%, Rep: 31.8%, NPP: 23.9; since 2014, D+5.4, R-7.9, N+3.3; female Dem v. male Rep; Latina Dem; Cervantes w/ 2:1 cash advantage; $$$ by both parties

  4. AD15 (Berkeley): Jovanka Beckles (D) v. Buffy Wicks (D) -- Safe Democrat -- one of the "traditional"-Wicks v. "Berniecrat"-Beckles races; Tony Thurmond's seat; Wicks has significant $$$ advantage; Beckles strong grassroots and enviro support

  5. AD66 (Torrance): *Al Muratsuchi (D) v. Frank Scotto (R) -- Leans Democrat -- VR: Dem: 48.1%, Rep: 28.95%, NPP: 26.6%; since 2014, D-.3, R-3.6, N+4.2; district has switched between D and R last 3 elections, w/ Muratsuchi win in 2012 and 2016; Muratsuchi & Dem party w/ large cash advantage

  6. AD72 (Seal Beach): Tyler Diep (R) v. Josh Lowenthal (R) -- Toss-up -- VR: Dem: 32.4%, Rep: 36.2%, NPP: 27.3%; since 2014, D+0.9, R-5.2, N+4.6; overlap w/ CA48 (Rohrabacher); Lowenthal family name; division w/in Vietnamese community

  7. AD74 (Irvine): *Matthew Harper (R) v. Cottie Petrie-Norris (D) -- Toss-up -- VR: Dem: 30.7%, Rep: 39.2%, NPP: 27.8%; since 2014: D+1.8, R-4.4, N+3.1; baseline is likely Rep; poor fundraising by Harper; Petrie-Norris had 4:1 cash advantage as of 9/22; overlapped by both CA45 (Walters) and CA48 (Rohrabacher); UC Irvine in district, with a UCI female law prof running as Dem in CA35 in Kavanaugh aftermath; AD74 is female Dem v. male Rep

  8. AD16 (Tri-Valley): *Catharine Baker (R) v. Rebecca Bauer-Kahan (D) -- Leans Republican -- VR: Dem: 40.6%, Rep: 27%, NPP: 28.2%; since 2014, D+1.2, R-5, N+6; reliably independent area; Baker has followed that mold in ASM, $$$ as of 9/22: Baker=$1m, Bauer-Kahan=$500k

  9. AD55 (Yorba Linda): *Phillip Chen (R) v. Gregg Fritchle (D) -- Leans Republican -- VR: Dem: 32.1%, Rep: 35.2%, NPP: 28.8%; since 2014, D+1, R-4.1, N+3.45; only makes ranking because of CA39 (open-Royce) overlap

  10. AD77 (North San Diego): Sunday Gover (D) v. *Brian Maienschein (R) -- Leans Republican -- VR: Dem: 31.9%, Rep: 31.9%, NPP 31.5%; no that's not a typo; since 2014, D+1.95, R-4.8, NPP+2.9; female Dem v. male Rep; Maienschein has strong cross-over appeal

  11. AD40 (Redlands): Henry Nickel v. James Ramos (D) -- Likely Democrat -- VR: Dem: 41.2%, Rep: 30.8%, NPP: 23.2%; since 2014, D+4.2, R-6.2, N+2.2; Latino Dem; Ramos elected SB supe (bigger geo), Nickel councilmember; $$$: Ramos:3:1 as of Sept 22, with plenty of IE support; Ramos former tribal chairman of San Manuel

  12. AD76 (Oceanside): Tasha Boerner Horvath (D) v. Elizabeth Warren (D) -- "traditional"-Horvath v. "Berniecrat"-Warren race; would be a partisan competition, but Reps had too many candidates in top-two primary; Rocky Chávez seat--look for him to be back in two years; for 2018, Horvath is strongly favored; overlap w/ CA49 (open-Issa)

  13. AD30 (East Monterey): Robert Rivas (D) v. Neil Kitchens (R) -- Safe Democrat -- VR: Dem: 50.1%, Rep: 20.6%, NPP: 25.6%; Caballero seat will remain very safe for the Dems

Seeing something different on the ground or find me far off base? As always, let me know and maybe I'll send out a Nooner nightcap. It's been a cray-cray morning and my head is as scrambled as the eggs that got me through this morning's writing.


 More after the jump...


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PLAYING FIELD: The House Majority PAC (SuperPAC closely associated with House Dem leadership) is "up with $7.9 million in 29 districts, including $2.5 million in 6 targeted California races  ($693,275 in #CA39, $663,299 in #CA48, $459,682 in #CA10, $231,721 in #CA45, $228,626 in #CA49, and $222,445 in #CA25)." (@rpyers)

This generally mirrors DCCC as well as everything else we are seeing. CA21 and CA22 are on the radar, long shots, and have candidates with plenty of funds raised on their own. 

CA22 (Tulare): For the Times, Jazmine Ulloa writes that Congressman Devin Nunes (R-Tulare) has taken a page from Donald Trump's playbook by attacking his hometown paper. "For years, Rep. Devin Nunes and the Fresno Bee got along just fine. But now, facing his first serious election challenge in years, the Central Valley congressman is on the attack — not against his Democratic opponent, but his district’s largest newspaper and what he calls its “band of creeping correspondents.”

I get the strategy, although there's something very different among locals of attacking the Fresno Bee than Trump attacking the NYT. The NYT is not seen as a hometown paper, even when it's on the waiting room tables of every office in Manhattan. It's a national paper, which is part of the sadness of the Tronc-eviscerated (whoops, we're back to Tribune Publishing Co. as of Tuesday) New York Daily News. 

CA10 (Stanislaus)/CA22 (Tulare): In the Times, Evan Halper looks at the challengers raising huge amounts of money against GOP incumbents. "House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes typically steamrolls challengers when reelection time comes. The most any of his past opponents has raised during the 16 years he has represented part of the Central Valley was $400,000; some raised nothing at all. Andrew Janz, Nunes’ current challenger, raised $4.3 million in three months, a staggering amount in a district that analysts had written off as a lock for Republicans."

"To the north of Nunes’ district, Josh Harder, the Democratic challenger to Republican Rep. Jeff Denham, announced he had raised more in the last quarter than any previous candidate in that district had scooped up through an entire campaign, $3.5 million. Most of it came in modest amounts. Harder has more than 128,000 donors.

"In the state’s northeastern corner, Rep. Doug LaMalfa represents a sprawling district that Donald Trump won by 11 percentage points and that Democrats have long written off. His challenger, Audrey Denney, now has nearly $1 million in the bank after raising $550,000 in the last quarter. LaMalfa now may have a race on his hands."



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#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Chris Chaffee, Tony Madrigal, and Tim Sbranti!

#FAREWELL: Former Assemblymember Tom Hannigan, Democrat of Fairfield. (1940-2018)

The Bee has an article. Tom was the Assemblymember when I arrived in Davis and was just a wonderful guy. So wonderful that I had to briefly date the Assembly fellow from his office when I was in undergrad. But, I digress. We love you Tom.

Namu Amida Butsu.

DEPT OF CORRECTIONS: Yesterday's congressional ranking left off CA10 (Stanislaus), the Leans Democrat of *Jeff Denham (R) v. Josh Harder (D), which should be #5. I think it's from having my head with so many commercials that it didn't translate from one list to the other. The list is the same, but shifts down accordingly.



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Turks Tell U.S. Officials They Have Audio And Video Recordings That Support Conclusion Khashoggi Was Killed
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The Turkish government has told U.S. officials that it has audio and video recordings that prove Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi was killed inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul this month, according to U.S. and Turkish officials.

Judge Orders Partial Release Of Watergate 'road Map' - Politico

A federal judge has ordered the partial release of a Watergate report that fueled an impeachment drive against President Richard Nixon and could serve as a precedent for a similar effort aimed at President Donald Trump.

Teacher Who Recounted Trump Aide Eating Glue As A Child Is Suspended
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A local school district suspends teacher Nikki Fiske after she recounts how Trump aide Stephen Miller ate glue as a third grader. The Santa Monica-Malibu school system cites concerns over student privacy.

Politico-harvard Poll: Most Democratic Voters Driven By Desire To Ice GOP Health Agenda - Politico

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi gestures during a news conference held in June by House Democrats condemning the Trump Administration's targeting of the Affordable Care Act's pre-existing condition. | Toya Sarno Jordan/Getty Images

9th Circuit Says Trump's Third Travel Ban Is Illegal
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A federal appeals court decided unanimously Friday that Trump's newest travel ban. The current version targets visitors coming to the United States from Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Syria, Venezuela and Yemen.

GOP gubernatorial candidate in Pennsylvania warns Democrat of plans to â

Republican hopeful Scott Wagner issued his threat to Gov. Tom Wolf (D) in a Facebook video on Friday.

Devin Nunes Is Attacking His District's Newspaper Before The Midterm Election. It's A Page From Trump's Playbook
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The Republican from Tulare is bashing the Fresno Bee in TV and radio ads and a glossy, 40-page mailer after the newspaper angered him with harsh editorials and less-than-flattering news stories. In one ad, he looks into a camera and accuses the paper — which had endorsed him in the last eight elections — of “working with radical left-wing groups to promote fake news stories.”

Postal Service Unveils Price Hikes, Denies They're Meant To Hurt Amazon - Politico

President Donald Trump has repeatedly alleged that Amazon is to blame for the Postal Service's financial woes, and accuses the e-commerce giant of ripping off the agency and treating it like a "delivery boy." | Joe Raedle/Getty Images