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Sherman beats Berman, 60-40

by Jonah Lowenfeld

November 7, 2012 | 7:12 am

Rep. Brad Sherman won reelection by a large margin over fellow incumbent Democrat Rep. Howard Berman on Election Day, taking 60 percent of the votes cast in the new 30th district.

The results took time to trickle in, leaving both candidates to give noncommittal speeches on Tuesday night to their supporters, but by 2 a.m., Berman had conceded in a statement that congratulated Sherman for becoming the next congressman for the 30th Congressional district and also hailed Los Angeles City Councilman Tony Cardenas, who won election by a huge margin to become the first Latino Congressman from the San Fernando Valley

[Related: Sherman v. Berman: counting the wins, losses]

When all the results were tallied, about 178,000 votes had been cast, just over 46 percent of registered voters in the district. About 50 percent of registered voters turned out to the polls across L.A. County on Election Day, suggesting that either the turnout was lower in the new 30th district, or some small percentage of those voters simply declined to choose either Berman or Sherman.

Sherman’s margin of victory was sizable, with the 60 percent to 40 percent final result looking very much like the internal polls released by the Sherman campaign throughout this long and bitter Democrat-versus-Democrat race.

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As a result of California’s 2011 redistricting, two Jewish Democratic incumbent congressmen, Howard Berman (D - Valley Village) and Brad Sherman (D - Sherman Oaks), have both...

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