Alan Lowenthal is Congressman-Elect for LB and West OC; He Outpolls Gary DeLong 55.4% to 44.6% Districtwide...And By 63.2% to 36.8% in LA County Portion of District
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|(Nov. 7, 2012, additional photos to follow) -- State Senator Alan Lowenthal is now
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With 100% of precincts reporting:
The CA Secretary of State's Oct. 22 voter registration figures for the district were Dem = 43.06%, Repub = 29.57%, No Party Preference = 19.37%.
LBReport.com provided LIVE webcast coverage with Joe Mello on scene. By 11 p.m., Lowenthal had taken the lead propelled by L.A. County polling place ballots breaking roughly 60%-40% for him (and that lead widening further after midnight, details below). The L.A. County ballots effectively erased DeLong's early lead in vote-by-mail ballots and from the Orange County portion of the district.
Lowenthal came to the microphone shortly after President Obama declared victory in Chicago...and was introduced to his supporters at La Traviata in downtown Long Beach by his son Josh. To hear on-demand audio of Sen. Lowenthal's 11 p.m. statement to the crowd (including part of son Josh's introduction), click here.
Councilman DeLong's margin of victory in OC was almost exactly reversed from the overall district outcome. DeLong led Lowenthal 55.6% to 44.4% in OC, but Lowenthal led DeLong districtwide 55.4% to 44.6%. Lowenthal solidly carried in the L.A. County portion of the district -- mainly Long Beach -- 63.2% (Lowenthal) to 36.8% (DeLong). (Source: Secretary of State's website here.
Across town at the LB Yacht Club, a large crowd joined Councilman DeLong to watch the votes come in. Early smiles (as DeLong led in early absentee and OC ballots) disappeared as the L.A. County ballots were tallied.
Photo credit: Diana Lejins
As midnight approached, the crowd thinned and Councilman DeLong didn't make an immediate statement. Dan Halverson of WebcastLongBeach was on-scene and provided LIVE streaming video throughout the evening as well as photos coming.
The LB-west OC Congressional race drew national attention, with former President Bill Clinton making an OC campaign appearance backing Lowenthal among several southland Dem Congressional candidates. The Lowenthal campaign had the support of local Dems and multiple organized labor PACs...but lacked much of the LB establishment support he'd counted on in multiple elections to the state legislature.
The Republican National Committee named DeLong one of its "young guns," but in a district where Dems outnumbered Repubs and nearly 1 in 5 registered voters declined to state a party preference, DeLong stressed his endorsement by the national
Councilman DeLong amassed an early large warchest and his endorsers included the U.S. and LB Chambers of Commerce, the Press Telegram (and the regional cluster of LANG-operated papers), the Orange County Register and the Beachcomber.
Alan Lowenthal, who would have been out of public office for the first time in 20 years had he lost last night, remains undefeated in every election in which he's run -- City Council, Assembly, state Senate and now Congress.
Councilman DeLong was re-elected to the Council in April 2010 and has two years remaining on his City Hall term of office, where Mayor Bob Foster appointed him to chair the Council's Federal Legislation Committee and chair of the Council's Budget Oversight Committee [positions that enabled him to cite his D.C. and budgetary credentials].
Mayor Foster, a Democrat, didn't take a public position on the high profile Congressional race, but regularly sandpapered the state legislature (in unspoken effect slapping Sen. Lowenthal) for state budget actions and its ending of Redevelopment. The DeLong campaign also tied Sen. Lowenthal's Sacramento incumbency to CA's fiscal problems.
Mayor Foster, a former Sacramento legislative advocate/President of, So. California Edison, was reelected to a second term in April 2010...and by late summer 2010 had formed a political committee enabling him to raise money for a 2014 run for State Treasurer.
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