July 15th, 2009
08:30 AM ET
11 years ago

Democrat wins battle of the Chus

(CNN) - Democrat Judy Chu is headed to Washington. The former California State Assembly member won a special election Tuesday for the U.S. House of Representatives seat left vacant when Rep. Hilda Solis resigned in February to become President Barack Obama's Secretary of Labor.

Chu, a current member of the state Board of Equalization, won around 62 percent of the vote, easily topping Republican Betty Chu, her cousin by marriage.

The battle was for California's 32nd Congressional district, which is located east of downtown Los Angeles and heavily dominated by Democrats.

The victory will give the Democrats 256 seats in the House, to the Republicans 178. Democrats are likely to win a special election in September for the vacant seat in California's 10th Congressional district. The incumbent, Ellen Tauscher, stepped down to accept a post in the State Department.

- CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report

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soundoff (25 Responses)
  1. Stuffit

    Why is Steve Rattner quitting?

    July 15, 2009 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  2. phoenix86

    No surprise here, CA is bankrupt so sending one of their dems to DC is normal for that state. No wonder CA is behind TX according to The Economist.

    July 15, 2009 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  3. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    As long as the seat remains in the Donkey Party. I can't imagine a republican congressman/woman ever coming from that district.

    July 15, 2009 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  4. coffic

    Some people never learn, and, therefore, deserve to become extinct. What party and what policies have put California in the mess that is in? For those who don't know, it is the Dems (and Repubs who are Democrat wannabes) Unfortunately we have an administration which will do all that it can to save California, which, in turn, will do nothing to change. We, the voters, are stupid, and we deserve what we get.

    July 15, 2009 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  5. Ben Chasson

    Another democrat representing those who want the government to "gimme" everything rather than working for it.

    July 15, 2009 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  6. Stuffit

    Why do all of the so-called "job creation bills" (stimulus, crap and trade) have extensive increases in unemployment benefits? If there was truly a belief that so many jobs will be created by these processes, why even bother upping the ante for unemployment?

    I know this is off-topic, but in my opinion it's much more worthy of discussion than keeping the red-blue scoreboard which will evoke the usual partisan hack style comments so frequently seen here.

    July 15, 2009 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  7. Randall in Torrance - Desert Storm Veteran - Heaven and Earth Against Palin

    Isn't it wonderful to see the Republicans whither up and dwindle into a flickering candle in a hail storm?? You betcha it is. Now that the Democrats have repleced the party of Never with the Party of Can Do and Hope America has turned an important corner and reached a major milestone. Health care will be passed in August. Then we are going to go Green nationwide. Sotomayor will be confirmed by the Senate. The troops are on their way home from Jarge Dehebeya Bahoooooosh's unneccessary war in Iraq. Cheney will stand trial for war crimes. Meanwhile Palin will fade into obscurity and sit on her porch eating moose stew. We won! Obama is changing the political landscape and restoring America to it once esteemed glory! Obama-Biden 2012!

    July 15, 2009 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  8. Wake-me-when-it's-over

    Conservatives everywhere would wish for more Republicans than Democrats of course. My reasonable hope, however, is that there
    are a number of moderate and reasonable democrats among the
    majority. Please 'come out come out where ever you are', and put
    a stop to Obama's socialistic agenda. America IS a great country,
    the best! With God's protection and your help, it will stay that way.

    July 15, 2009 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  9. Henry Miller

    Family dinners must be kinda tense in the extended Chu family these days... 🙂

    July 15, 2009 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  10. Fair is Fair

    Chu, a current member of the state Board of Equalization, won around 62 percent of the vote, easily topping Republican Betty Chu, her cousin by marriage.

    The battle was for California's 32nd Congressional district, which is located east of downtown Los Angeles and heavily dominated by Democrats.

    62% in a "heavily dominated" district. At least there are signs that the kool aid is getting weaker.

    California, you are a beautiful state. But please – don't come asking for federal dollars to bail out your pathetic state legislators sorry attempt at fiscal management.

    July 15, 2009 09:37 am at 9:37 am |

    Congratulations to Ms. Chu, and let's hope she is a true democrat who works hard to help the people who need it most.

    July 15, 2009 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  12. John H.

    Republicans continue to demonstrate that the Party is not in tune with the 21st Century. What will it take for Republicans to wake up? I don't think it is another terrorist attack, which some of them wish for. Perhaps they should shuck their jingoistic ways and get real, with real solutions to the Nation's problems.

    July 15, 2009 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  13. Stuffit


    If I hear the term "rhetorical flourish" one more time I'm going to puke!

    July 15, 2009 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  14. southerncousin

    Ain't nothing but flakes and nuts come from California and this proves it.

    July 15, 2009 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  15. Melissa

    Now if only the Democrats could agree with each other, we can start to get some things accomplished.

    July 15, 2009 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  16. Kelby In Houston, TX

    We need to work on The House.

    July 15, 2009 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  17. Sniffit

    Oh, to be a fly on the wall at their next holiday family gathering...

    July 15, 2009 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  18. Hugo

    Ever wonder why Democrats seem to be the candidates of choice in the worst States with the worst Cities in America? One day they will figure out Obama really blew it for them, it is tax and spend, not spend and tax! A fatal flaw of the Democratic strategy that they just don't get! You know when I would vote for government controlled health care reform, when our elected officials take a 25% pay and pension cut to help fund it, that is when!

    July 15, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  19. Hopeful Optimist

    Rah ! Siss Boom Bah !

    July 15, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  20. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    Ahhhhh, something new for the GOP to "Chu" on for a while, eh?!

    July 15, 2009 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  21. European-American

    With that much of a majority and the fact they have been in power since 2006, I wonder when the blame Bush mantra will cease?

    July 15, 2009 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  22. Pete East

    So, a Democrat running in a special election in a heavily Democrat East L.A. district wins 62% of the vote keeping the heavily Democrat district Democrat. Hoo boy, the Repubs' are in trouble now.

    July 15, 2009 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  23. johnnie

    The handwriting is on the wall, for the (GOP) Judy Chu is headed to Washington and many more democrats will follow. The democratic is stronger than ever before,and that is because of President Obama,..

    July 15, 2009 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  24. Chuck

    That state of Califiornia is such a well oiled machine that they decided they just keep doing the same thing and electing democrats.

    July 15, 2009 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  25. awaitingliberalizationbyCNN

    Looks like with the latest proposals to tax the wealthy, there won't be any more they will move, or shut their businesses. Libs are making it counter intuitive to try to succeed. I see now why Oprah supports Obama, he programs will increase unemployment so much that there will be a lot more viewers.

    July 15, 2009 10:42 am at 10:42 am |