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California's Newest Congressman

State Sen. John Campbell (R) was the winner of Tuesday's runoff election in California's 48th District, claiming the Orange County seat vacated earlier this year by former Rep. Chris Cox (R).

Campbell took 45 percent of the vote, well ahead of Democrat Steve Young's 28 percent. Anti-immigration candidate Jim Gilchrist, who ran under the American Independent Party banner, received 25 percent of the vote --  a strong (but not overwhelming) statement about the potency of illegal immigration as an issue. Less than one-quarter of registered voters turned out for the special election runoff.

Campbell takes over from Cox, who is now the head of the Securities and Exchange Commission. With this special election completed, there is only one vacancy in the House -- also in California. A special election to replace former Rep. Duke Cunningham (R) in the 50th District will occur in the spring.

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 7, 2005; 8:39 AM ET
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This may not be the place however, I am going to ask anyhow>

Why is it that The President and Vice President always seen to appear before a military audience? Is it because they have a captive audience where they are not afraid of negative feedback from the audience.

As a retired Army First Sergeant, I am upset that that they appear before a military audience in light of the fact that the President havs a hazy military record himself and the Vice-President had so many deferments to stay out of the military, not withstanding their present positions.

To me both of them are chicken littles.

Posted by: John A. MONTGOMERY, Sr. | December 9, 2005 12:34 PM | Report abuse

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