Speed Reads

2017 Elections

California state lawmaker Jimmy Gomez wins open U.S. House seat

In a low-turnout election on Tuesday, California State Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez (D) won the open U.S. House seat in California's 34th congressional district vacated by state Attorney General Xavier Becerra. Gomez beat another Democrat, Robert Lee Ahn, in a heavily Latino district that runs through downtown Los Angeles. Gomez, backed by the Democratic establishment and Bernie Sanders supporters, is the son of Mexican immigrants; Ahn is the son of Korean immigrants.

In New Jersey, Democrats and Republicans elected their candidates for governor in the November election, one of two gubernatorial races this year, along with Virginia. Democrats chose Phil Murphy, a former ambassador and Goldman Sachs executive, while Republicans picked Gov. Chris Christie (R)'s lieutenant governor, Kim Guadagno. Democrats are expected to lash Guadagno to the unpopular Christie, who is term-limited, and to President Trump, while Republicans say they will bash Murphy for his ties to Goldman Sachs. "The race will be a proving ground for Democrats to test their anti-Trump message before the midterm elections," Montclair State University political science professor Brigid Harrison tells The Associated Press.