By Randy Thomasson
There were more Californians voting Republican this election. Which is why, in the California State Senate, Republicans have increased from 8 to 9 seats, and perhaps 10.
Newly-elected are Roger Niello (SD 6), Shannon Grove (SD 12), David Shepard (SD 16), Kelly Seyarto (SD 32), Janet Nguyen (SD 36), and Brian Jones (SD 40). Add them to 3 odd-numbered-seat Senate Republicans — Brian Dahle (SD 1), Rosilicie Ochoa Bogh (SD 23), and Scott Wilk (SD 21) — for 9 Republicans total, an increase of 1 seat in the 40-member State Senate. And if Republican Matt Gunderson ekes out a victory in the 38th district in San Diego and Orange counties, it’ll be 10 Republicans, a gain of two seats.
In the 80-member California State Assembly, Republicans currently hold a historic low of 19 seats, and it seems they’ll end up with the same number or one or two more. The two undecided seats that could be Republican pick-ups are:
AD7: On Wednesday, Republican Josh Hoover was only 343 votes behind incumbent Democrat Ken Cooley
AD27: On Wednesday, Republican Mark Pazin was only 287 votes behind Democrat Esmeralda Soria
There are many more votes to count this month, so we could receive some more welcome news, since Republican voters were more energetic this election.
Now, despite all this, when Republicans are in the minority in a legislative body, they need to be fighters who will faithfully speak up for what’s right in God’s sight.
Because silent Republicans actually help advance the tyrannical Democrat agenda. So you and I must watch to see if any of the new Republicans care enough to speak out to expose evil, in committees, in the media, and on the floors of their respective chambers.
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