Xavier Becerra

Republicans Are 4-0 Defending Seats, but Could Still Be in Trouble
In each of the contested special elections, Democrats performed better than they had in years

Karen Handel gives her victory speech Tuesday night in Georgia after winning the 6th District special election. (Jessica McGowan/Getty Images)

Wednesday was a day for Republicans to rest easy. After winning the Georgia and South Carolina special elections Tuesday, the party avoided losing any congressional seats vacated by members who entered President Donald Trump’s administration.

But it’s not all good news for the GOP (or bad news for Democrats). In each of the four races where Republicans were defending seats — Kansas’ 4th, Montana’s at large seat, South Carolina’s 5th and Georgia’s 6th — Democrats did better than they had in any of those districts’ congressional elections since at least 2010.

Gomez Will Fit In Well With Democrats’ Liberal Wing
Newly elected California lawmaker brings wealth of political experience

State Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez won the special election in California’s 34th District on Tuesday. (Courtesy Jimmy Gomez Facebook page)

California Rep.-elect Jimmy Gomez has spent his career in politics and labor organizing and will fit into the liberal wing of the Democratic caucus.

Given that experience, expect him to be a major voice on labor and workplace issues. His bill to expand California’s paid family leave was signed by Gov. Jerry Brown in April 2016.

Jimmy Gomez Wins California Special Election for Becerra’s Seat
Defeats fellow Democrat Robert Lee Ahn

Jimmy Gomez has received endorsements from party leaders and progressive groups. (Courtesy Gomez campaign)

State Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez is heading to Congress, after winning a special election Tuesday in California’s 34th District.

Gomez defeated fellow Democrat Robert Lee Ahn with 60 percent of the vote in the race for the seat which former Democratic Rep. Xavier Becerra vacated to become state attorney general. The election featured two Democrats because of California’s primary rules, where the top two finishers in the primary advance to a runoff, regardless of party affiliation.

California Special Election Features Democratic Face-Off
The election is to fill former Rep. Xavier Becerra’s seat in Congress

Jimmy Gomez has received endorsements from party leaders and liberal groups. (Courtesy Jimmy Gomez for Congress)

For the first time since President Donald Trump took office, there is no doubt that a Democrat will win a special election for the House.

That’s because Tuesday’s election in California’s 34th District, which is centered in Los Angeles, features two Democrats, the result of the state’s unique primary process where the top two finishers advance to a runoff regardless of party.

Democratic AGs Move to Protect Obamacare Subsidies
Filed motion in case filed by Republican-controlled House

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, D-Calif., was among state attorneys general who filed a motion to protect subsidies in the 2010 health care law. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Sixteen Democratic state attorneys general filed a motion to protect the subsidies to insurance companies for low-income people in the 2010 health care law.

“The stakes are very high. In Maryland we have more than 400,000 people who depend on the Affordable Care Act to get normal health care. It sounds alarming, but it’s true: lives are at stake,” said Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh, according Reuters reported.

Korean-American Candidates Enter ‘Final Frontier’
Only one Korean-American has ever served in Congress

UC Irvine law professor Dave Min, left, is running to unseat Republican Rep. Mimi Walters in California’s 45th District, while Robert Lee Ahn is in a runoff for California’s open 34th District seat. (Photos courtesy Dave Min for Congress, Robert Lee Ahn for Congress)

Two candidates running for Congress in California are entering what one calls a “final frontier” for Korean-Americans. 

The only Korean-American elected to Congress was Jay Kim, a California Republican who served three terms from 1993 to 1999. 

There’s More Than One Takeaway From the Kansas Special Election
‘11 things I think I think’

Kansas Treasurer Ron Estes pulled out a 53-46 percent victory to keep the 4th District in Republican hands. (Courtesy Ron Estes for Congress Facebook Page)

After a few months in the electoral desert, we finally have election results to digest from a competitive race, albeit an unexpected one.

State Treasurer Ron Estes pulled out a 53-46 percent win to keep Kansas’ 4th District in Republican hands. The 7-point victory margin is shocking considering Donald Trump carried the Wichita-based seat by 27 points in last year’s presidential race.

Gomez, Ahn Appear Headed for Runoff to Replace Becerra
Results won't be official until Friday

Jimmy Gomez was endorsed by a number of top Democrats, including former Rep. Xavier Becerra, who he is running to replace after Becerra was appointed California attorney general. (Jimmy Gomez for Congress)

California State Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez and former Los Angeles City Planning Commissioner Robert Lee Ahn appear to be headed for a runoff in California’s 34th Congressional District.

Gomez had 28 percent of the vote with 100 percent of precincts reporting, according to The Associated Press. Ahn, received 19 percent of the vote in the 24-candidate field.

The Not-So-Special Elections
Of 5 upcoming contests, only Georgia race presents chance of a partisan flip

Karen Handel is hoping to succeed Tom Price in Georgia’s 6th District, but first, she faces an April 18 jungle primary with 17 other candidates. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Money is pouring into the suburbs north of Atlanta, the site of the first competitive congressional election of Donald Trump’s presidency.

Georgia’s 6th District, left vacant by the confirmation of Tom Price as Health and Human Services Secretary, is one of five special elections taking place across the country this spring, but the only one which offers much of a chance of a partisan flip.

Week Ahead Includes Trump Address, Cabinet Confirmations
Zinke’s departure will mark fourth House GOP vacancy

Zinke is expected to resign from his seat after he is confirmed as Interior secretary, creating a fourth House GOP vacancy. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

President Donald Trump will dominate the attention on Capitol Hill with his first address to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday, but lawmakers will also keep moving on confirming his Cabinet nominees and rolling back the previous administration’s regulations.

On Monday, the Senate votes to confirm Wilbur Ross as Commerce secretary. Ross, a billionaire investor, was on Trump’s economic advisory council during the presidential campaign. Senators will also vote Monday evening to end debate on Rep. Ryan Zinke’s nomination to be Interior secretary.