Just back from Newport Beach and the Harley Rouda election night party at the Marriott. As I write this, here’s where we stand …
Now, it’s certainly possible Dana Rohrabacher finds the necessary votes to win. Two thousand seven hundred and seventy four isn’t a huge margin. Mail-in ballots can be counted until Friday—and the vast majority of early voters tend to be older and white. However, I’d much rather be in Harley’s shoes than Dana’s.
And that’s friggin’ amazing.
— Jeff Pearlman (@jeffpearlman) November 7, 2018
The party was fun. CNN was shown on enormous screens, and a night that began with fear and disappointment turned festive—as one Democratic congressional win after another was brought to our attention. There was cheering. There was yelping. There was a bit of singing. It oozed positivity, and when Harley finally came out to speak at, oh, 11:30 pm-ish, the joint went bananas.
For those who don’t live here in Southern California, the idea of a Democrat even challenging for this spot was laughable, oh, a year ago. Rohrabacher is a 30-year incumbent, and he knows how to run a campaign.
But, well, here we sit.
On the verge.