ELECTIONS: Lois Capps Wins Race For Husband’s Seat
In the special election to fill the congressional seat of the late Rep. Walter Capps (D), voters in California's 22nd district elected Capps' widow, Lois Capps (D), over Republican candidate Tom Bordonaro by a 53%-45% margin. "Capps, a school nurse for nearly 20 years in Santa Barbara's public schools, made health care and education the cornerstones of her campaign," the San Luis Obispo Telegram- Tribune reports. The campaign "provided a proving ground for an array of single-issue groups," as "[p]olitical ads on term limits and late-term abortions became staples of local television for weeks." Both the Christian Coalition and "a like-minded group called Campaign for Working Families hammered Capps' position on so-called partial-birth abortions." With her victory, Capps will finish out the remainder of her late husband's two-year term. Bordonaro has already announced that he plans to challenge Capps in this fall's election (Wilcox, 3/11).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.