The Way Democrats Got There

Column: ‘Women, doctors, local political leaders’: How Dr. Oz handed Democrats a path to victory in California

As the California primary season heads into the home stretch, Democrats are turning out the lights, packing up and sending out feelers to the general election.

As a candidate, I was always confident I would win in every state I entered. I came to the conclusion that I needed to do more, and that’s something I’m never willing to give up. We need to have a long-term vision; the issues that matter to the voters in the long run.

We have to do more in the early primary states, especially in California, Texas, and even Ohio. We need to make sure that we are in the lead by the November 6th election and we need to win a massive number of seats and districts.

Here’s a glimpse into how we got there after we went to California, Oklahoma, Texas, and Ohio last week. The path is there, and a lot of people, including political professionals, are going to be surprised when they learn about the way we did it.

Let’s get back to the race we had to win in California.

The race that we had to win was, of course, that of incumbent US Rep. Nanette Barragán (D-Los Angeles), who beat Republican businessman Harley Rouda in the June primary.

Barragán was an underdog, but she was the right candidate for the district and the party. She was endorsed by both the liberal and the conservative wings of the party. And she was endorsed by the Congressional Hispanic Caucus—all of whom, at the end of the day, were voting for her.

Republicans were desperate to beat her, having worked hard to turn out their voters against her in the fall.

The Democrats, with the help of our Congressional Latino Caucus, were winning the battle to make sure that the voters knew who the real winner was, in that race. And they were winning the battle to get their voters to the polls.

We were running in the California governor’s race against Jerry Brown, who was facing an uphill

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