As of publication time, Republican Johnny Tacherra is leading longtime Democratic lawmaker Jim Costa in the race for the Golden State’s 16th congressional district. With provisional ballots still to be counted, and with a 700-plus-vote cushion, Tacherra is confident that he will survive. In fact, he and his wife are heading to Washington, D.C., on Wednesday to take part in freshmen-member orientation on Capitol Hill.
Thanks to his vigorous grass-roots campaign and the perception that Costa is increasingly disconnected from the drought-stricken district, Tacherra has surprised political observers from both parties, offering another sign of hope for Republicans in an already strong election cycle. He credits his tight focus on local issues, persistent outreach to traditionally Democratic constituencies, and tireless campaigning for his victory.