Sanders wing dealt setback in Calif. special election [View all]
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LOS ANGELES A Democratic state assemblyman and a former Los Angeles planning commissioner were running ahead in a wide-open congressional primary here Tuesday, routing several contenders aligned with the Bernie Sanders wing of the Democratic Party.
Though the race for state Attorney General Xavier Becerras former House seat remained undecided early Wednesday, Jimmy Gomez, a state assemblyman backed by establishment Democrats, had secured a spot in the June runoff with 28 percent of the vote, according to the Associated Press.
The election the nations first congressional contest since President Donald Trumps inauguration was once viewed as an early test of the Democratic Partys base ahead of congressional elections in 2018. But in a district that Sanders narrowly carried last year, Arturo Carmona, a deputy in Sanders presidential campaign, and Wendy Carrillo, a progressive activist, were drawing only 5 percent each as of Wednesday morning.
Los Angeles City Councilman Gil Cedillo, who supported Sanders in the presidential primary, said at an election night party for Gomez that Sanders inspired an incredible enthusiasm among progressive Democrats to run for office. But with their lack of organization and vetting of candidates, he said, theres a newness that shows.
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