It was a bad midterm Election Night for Democrats overall but a good one for Democrats supported by the WGA West’s political action committee. California Governor Jerry Brown and Attorney General Kamala Harris both won re-election, as did Sens. Al Franken of Minnesota, Ed Markey of Massachusetts, Cory Booker of New Jersey and Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire — all of whom the guild’s PAC said “have demonstrated support for the Writers Guild’s public policy priorities.”
In the California congressional races, all of the WGA PAC-supported candidates appear headed for victory, including Doris Matsui, Anna Eshoo, Lois Capps, Addam Schiff, Tony Cárdenas, Karen Bass. Zoe Lofgren and Ted Lieu, the former state legislator who co-authored California’s new film tax incentives bill.
The only guild-supported losers were Senator Mark Pryor of Arkansas and filmmaker Aaron Woolf, a New York congressional candidate.
Results for the US Senate race in Alaska, where the guild PAC supported Mark Begich, and in Hawaii, where the PAC supported Brian Schatz, are yet to come in.