It will be a stormy L.A. election day for the first time in years. Will rain hurt turnout? Did the president’s campaign promise keep him from being “swamped” by a Republican tsunami?
The Los Angeles Times has a look at some of the candidates and issues facing the voters.
Voting is being held in a few cities, including Los Angeles, Riverside County and the City of Los Angeles. Turnout will be just over 50 percent to 60 percent, which is usually considered enough to change the results of an election. Turnout may be a key variable, though, in determining who will win and who will lose. Turnout also could be affected by a candidate’s position on gun legislation, which could be a major issue this election.
The candidate field is wide and complicated. The candidates are as follows:
• Democrat Kathleen Rice is running against Republican Bill Simon for the seat that was vacated by the retiring Darrell Issa, R-Vista. Rice and Simon are battling for the seat; Rice has the backing of the Democratic Party, which could help her. Her biggest problems may be money, both as she raises it and as she spends it, and a series of gaffes about food stamps. “I am not an easy target to attack,” Rice said in 2012, while telling a group of Republicans that she supported President Barack Obama. “I don’t live in a bubble.”
• Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is a Democrat who is running for re-election against the Republican former Councilman Bill Barnes. This race is one of the hottest for the Democrats, and Villaraigosa has said that the Democrats have to get out and vote, even though it is not an election that favors them. The race is important for one more reason: Villaraigosa faces a re-election opponent, but because of redistricting, it will be a rematch of the 2010 general election between Barnes and his then-state Assembly primary opponent, Wendy Greuel.
• The Republican Party is struggling in the race for the L.A. Unified School District board. This is one of the most controversial races in Los