Former NASA astronaut Jose Hernández (D) failed in his bid to represent California’s 10th district in the House of Representatives, losing to incumbent Rep. Jeff Denham (R) 54-46%. Hernández also lost to Denham in the district’s open primary in June, finishing a distant second with several other candidates on the ballot; the margin in the general election was smaller. The race was a “caustic” campaign, in the words of local newspaper the Modesto Bee, with money from national campaign funds flowing into the race.
Down in southern California, Rep. Brad Sherman (D) easily won reelection over fellow Rep. Howard Berman (D) in a rare general election between two incumbents of the same party. Both candidates for Calfornia’s 30th district have been active on export control reform issues for the space industry in the past.