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February 11, 2016

California: Brad Sherman Beats Howard Berman

Rep. Howard Berman, left, lost to fellow Democrat Brad Sherman in California. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

It was ugly. It was expensive. It was physical. And now it’s over.

Rep. Brad Sherman defeated fellow Democratic Rep. Howard Berman in California’s reconfigured 30th district.

Just before 5:00 a.m. ET, Berman released a statement conceding to Sherman.

“Brad Sherman will be the next Congressman from the 30th Congressional District,” Berman said. “I congratulate Brad and my friend Tony Cardenas who will have the honor and solemn responsibility of representing the San Fernando Valley in the 113th Congress. I wish both of them the best of luck and the wisdom and strength to confront and overcome the challenges that face our nation. I will do whatever I can to ensure a cooperative and orderly transition.”

With 28 percent of precincts reporting, Sherman had 60 percent to Berman’s 40 percent.


    Sherman won because he showed leadership in Washington on issues that people in the valley care about. Jobs. Tarp. Trade. And home mortgages and home values. And getting out of Iraq sooner. And opposing the surge in Afghanistan. The 170 Town Hall meetings Sherman did in California paid off because he knew what his voters wanted, and was able to deliver for the people.

    It’s not about valley geography. As race went on and millions were spent in all areas, regional differences disappeared. Indeed, if the final tally shows that Sherman wins by over ten, it means he even carried narrowly Berman’s old district. Still, both are good men and we should all be grateful for the years of public service that Berman offered California and this country.

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