Issue #33

New Developments CA-16 Fresno City Councilwoman Esmeralda Soria’s challenge to longtime Blue Dog Rep. Jim Costa scored a major victory at the California Democratic Party’s convention. Soria held Costa to a weak plurality, 48.75% for Costa to 46.25% for Soria, in the convention’s endorsement vote. Long-shot progressive candidate Kim Williams picked up the last five percent of delegates (and it’s likely Williams’s delegates would prefer Soria to Costa.) The endorsement requires 60% of delegate votes, and it comes with money, organizational support, and inclusion in official party communications. A longtime incumbent like Costa, who was a state legislator for a quarter of a century before his 2004 election to Congress, should have no trouble winning party support. Costa, however, isn’t just any incumbent.

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