Your state and Bay Area House-race roundup

All in all, it was a dismal night for Republicans in California House races.

Of the 11 California House races deemed competitive by the renowned Cook Political Report, Democrats won seven outright and are on top in two too-close-to-call other races. Another way of slicing and dicing it: All of the three endangered Democratic incumbents in these races won re-election, but only one of the four Republicans might’ve. And of the new or open seats, Democrats won three of the four.

More specifically:

    The battles to unseat Reps. Dan Lungren, R-Gold River, and Brian Bilbray, R-Solana Beach, remain too close to call with some mail-in and provisional ballots yet to be counted, but both trail their Democratic challengers by narrow margins.
    Reps. Jerry McNerney; John Garamendi, D-Fairfield; and Lois Capps, D-Santa Barbara all turned away their Republican challengers to win re-election. Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Modesto, is the only Republican incumbent definitely left standing in these competitive races.

Not than anyone considered it competitive, but Democrat Jared Huffman trounced Republican Dan Roberts to succeed Rep. Lynn Woolsey, D-San Rafael, in the North Bay’s newly drawn 2nd Congressional District, which reaches from the Golden Gate Bridge to the Oregon border.

In the Bay Area, as usual, the only question for most Democratic incumbents (with the exception, of course, of Pete Stark) was by how enormous a margin they would dispatch their challengers. See how that all stacks up as of this hour, after the jump…

Rep. Mike Thompson, D-Napa – 74.1%
Randy Loftin (R) – 25.9 %

Rep. George Miller, D-Martinez – 69.1%
Virginia Fuller (R) – 30.9%

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco – 84.7%
John Dennis (R) – 15.3%

Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Oakland – 86.2%
Marilyn Singleton (NPP) – 13.8%

Rep. Jackie Speier, D-San Mateo – 78.1%
Debbie Bacigalupi (R) – 21.9%

Rep. Mike Honda, D-Campbell – 73.2%
Evelyn Li (R) – 26.8 percent

Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Palo Alto – 69.9%
Dave Chapman (R) – 30.1%

Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-San Jose – 72.4%
Robert Murray (R) – 27.6%

Rep. Sam Farr, D-Santa Cruz – 72.9%
Jeff Taylor (R) – 27.1%

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • John W

    How about the state Assembly and Senate? I heard Dems claiming a super-majority in the Assembly but nothing about the Senate.

  • Josh Richman
  • John W

    Thanks Josh. Asked my question before reading today’s paper.

  • Elwood

    Well, isn’t that special?

    Now the dimmiecrats can spend like drunken sailors and raise taxes at will.

    We are truly and totally screwed.

  • Publius

    It’s official!

    Organized Labor owns California.

  • Elwood

    @ 5

    And the rest of us get to make the payments!

  • John W

    I hear they’re going to pass a Pension Fund Replenishment Surtax. They’ll just figure out the funding gap each year and add each taxpayer’s share to their regular income tax. Who says we can’t resolve the state’s pension funding woes?

    I’m waiting for all the noise when they realize that revenue from the Prop. 30 income tax rate hikes falls way short of projections — as upper income folks and their financial advisors find ways to rearrange their finances to minimize the hit. Not to mention employers who decide to leave or not come here in the first place so that their higher paid employees won’t have the high state income tax burden.