The special election in CA-10 was settled last night after the Democratic primary revealed a winner to go against Republican candidate David Harmer. Lt. Governor John Garamendi won against all other opponents in the Democratic primary by 26%. His closest adversary was state Senator Mark DeSaulnier, who received 18% of votes.
The special election, which will be held on November 3rd, is to replace outgoing Rep. Ellen Tauscher. Tauscher has been confirmed as an undersecretary to the State Department.
The large Congressional district includes more liberal-leaning cities, including Sacramento and Alameda, up to more rural and suburban areas, such as Contra Costa. Harmer is banking on a campaign message that emphasizes fiscal conservatism to win what many consider to be a race that does not favor Republicans. While Harmer is part of a political family- his father was Lt. Governor- his opponent has built a name for himself in the district. RRM will continue to update our readers on this race.