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Democrats' Sweep in California Could Have Lasting Impact
November 5, 1998
For the first time since the late 1950s, the governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general of California will all be Democrats, as will both U.S. senators and both majorities in the state legislature.

Davis, Boxer Win in California, Key State for Democrats
November 4, 1998
Democrat Gray Davis, who campaigned as the candidate who best represents the mainstream in the nation's largest and most diverse state, won big over Dan Lungren in the California gubernatorial race.

California Race Could Signal New Cohesion for Asian Voters
November 3, 1998
Asian Americans are a fast-growing, well-educated group of political newcomers made up mostly of immigrants and their first-generation, native-born children, who are splitting their votes between GOP and Democratic candidates.

A Golden State for Democrats
October 30, 1998
With Democratic Lt. Gov. Gray Davis holding a strong lead over Republican Attorney General Dan Lungren, the GOP faces the prospect of losing the governor's office here for the first time in 16 years. The outcome will have significant implications for which party controls the congressional delegation in the next decade, because the next governor will have a powerful voice in how House district lines are redrawn after the 2000 census.

Attack Ads Carpet TV; High Road Swept Away
October 20, 1998
America is again being carpet-bombed by political ads, many of them fiercely negative, and these are some of the politicians taking – and inflicting – the hits. The themes vary from race to race, from education and the environment to health care and gun control, but many of the commercials oversimplify and distort the opponent's position.

California Races: Reversal of Fortunes
October 8, 1998
As the 1998 campaign enters its final month, the story here in the largest state in the nation is one of a reversal of fortunes, one Democrat strong, another struggling for survival.

Stealthy Endorsements In Ads That 'Educate'
September 7, 1998
The Sierra Club recently went on the air with $600,000 worth of television and radio ads ostensibly intended to "educate" voters about environmental issues but effectively amounting to a political drive in support of candidates in tough races, most of them Democrats.

Boxer Finds a Family Tie That Binds
August 27, 1998
The two candidates vying for a California Senate seat met for their first debate – and from the moment it began, Sen. Barbara Boxer (D) was pressed by her opponent to condemn President Clinton's affair with a former White House intern.

Onetime Democrat Narrows Gap in Challenge to Sen. Boxer
August 25, 1998
After narrowly winning his primary election against car-alarm mogul Darrell Issa in June, 44-year-old Matt Fong is suddenly in a dead heat against incumbent Sen. Barbara Boxer. Two recent statewide polls put Boxer a few points in the lead, but in a statistical tie with Fong.

Moderate Calif. GOP Thriving in New Open Primaries
August 9, 1998
Because of the open primary, used this year for the first time, mainstream Republicans have won nomination in state legislative districts long dominated by the GOP's conservative wing.

Experience Beats Money in Calif. Primary
June 4, 1998
Politicians have spent much of the 1990s running away from their résumés to avoid the wrath of the angry voter. But if California is any guide at the mid-point of this midterm election year, the bias against politicians has begun to fade and government experience may actually be an asset.
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Calif. Nominees Reflect Their 2 Parties
June 4, 1998
In a tight race for Republican nominee for Senate, state Treasurer Matt Fong narrowly defeated his opponent, car alarm mogul Darrell Issa, with 22 percent of the vote to Issa's 19 percent. Fong will face Sen. Barbara Boxer (D) in November.

Contentment May Shape Calif. Primary
June 1, 1998
For months the airwaves in California have been filled with millionaires spending their money to sell themselves or their positions on high-profile propositions about bilingual education and union dues for politics.

California Senate Race Loses Sizzle
May 25, 1998
A year ago, the Senate race in California promised to be one of the hottest in the country this political season, with expectations of a crowded field of Republican hopefuls jostling one another for the chance to unseat seemingly vulnerable Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer in November.

Clinton Woes a Snag for 3 Female Incumbents
March 28, 1998
The sex and perjury allegations against President Clinton are causing much awkwardness for Democrats, none more than the three female senators who rode into office on Anita Hill's coattails six years ago.

Golding Quits Race for Senate
January 12, 1998
San Diego Mayor Susan Golding has dropped out of the race for the Republican nomination for Senate, ending a bid to unseat Democratic incumbent Sen. Barbara Boxer. Her departure narrows the GOP field to state Treasurer Matt Fong and Darrell Issa, a wealthy businessman.

3 Female Senators Face Hurdles to 2nd Terms
October 14, 1997
In 1992, the political environment was just right for the three Democrats: Bill Clinton was on the top of the party's ticket, and the lack of gender and ethnic diversity in Congress was seared into the minds of many voters in the wake of the Clarence Thomas-Anita Hill Senate hearings. The result was the "Year of the Woman," when Congress saw a record increase of 22 women.

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