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We feel duty-bound to compile a brief rundown of the Election Night winners and losers. This is not a comprehensive list, and there are no objective metrics for such lists, but we feel its our duty to compile a few fragmented thoughts and observations on the week that was. Sure, we can say the TV stations and the consultants were the big winners Tuesday, and PG&E and Mercury Insurance were the big losers, but that would be too easy. Lets start with the losers. After careful observation, we’ve come to the conclusion that when business groups try to play in Democratic primaries, bad things happen. In most of the union vs. business primaries, labor came out on top. We’re thinking AD 20, AD 28, AD 50 and AD 53. It was a particularly rough night for Edvoice, which lost all of the legislative races they played in as well as proving unable to carry Gloria Romero into the finals for the state superintendent’s race. Trial lawyers prevailed in Democratic races, while SEIU faltered. Darrell Steinberg dodged a bullet with the apparent victory of Mary Salas over Juan Vargas (another multi-million dollar business debacle), while conservative Republicans fared well in GOP primaries. The darkhorses – Larry Aceves and Brian Fitzgerald – can celebrate for now, but we’ll see what happens come November. Democratic consultant Josh Pulliam also had a nice night, with big wins in AD 35 (Das Williams) and AD 5 (Richard Pan).

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