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Republican Rep. John Doolittle of Rocklin, whose close friendship with disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff brought him unwanted scrutiny, easily beat back a GOP primary challenge Tuesday. He was among a handful of incumbents in California’s 53 congressional districts fending off primary challengers. Most attention focused on the San Diego race to replace former Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham and the contest against House Resources Committee Chairman Richard Pombo of Tracy, both Republicans. But with voters frustrated over congressional corruption and business as usual in Washington, several other contests were being watched. In the conservative 4th Congressional District, Doolittle defeated Auburn Mayor Mike Holmes. Early returns showed Doolittle with a commanding lead over Holmes. On the Democratic side, retired Air Force Lt. Col. Charlie Brown was favored against Lisa Rea and Mike Hamersley. Brown was leading Rea and Hamersley in early tabulations. In Southern California’s beach-hugging 36th Congressional District, anti-war liberal Marcy Winograd generated political buzz with a longshot challenge to hawkish incumbent Jane Harman of Venice. Harman, top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, supported the war in Iraq and the Patriot Act. Winograd, running under the slogan “A Real Democrat for the People,” supports withdrawing U.S. troops. In early absentee balloting, Harman showed a commanding lead over Winograd. Rep. Elton Gallegly, R-Simi Valley, beat back a primary challenge from first-time candidate Michael Tenenbaum, an attorney. Gallegly tried to drop out of the race on the day of the filing deadline in March, citing unspecified health problems and wrongly thinking the deadline for other candidates to file would be extended. It wasn’t, briefly leaving the field clear for Tenenbaum. GOP leaders urged Gallegly back in, but Tenenbaum stayed in the race. With early absentee ballots counted, Gallegly had an overwhelming lead over Tenenbaum. Meanwhile, in the state’s U.S. Senate race, Sen. Dianne Feinstein easily beat two little-known opponents to secure the Democratic nomination. Conservative former state legislator Richard Mountjoy ran unopposed on the Republican side.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade The Ajax centre-back has impressed for club and country, giving a very mature performance during the Netherlands’ Nations League victory over Germany last month.Ronald Koeman’s side have two tough tests in the new competition against France at home on Friday (a game you can listen to live on talkSPORT 2) and Germany away on Monday with promotion to the last four not out of the question.And van Dijk said Liverpool’s broad scouting network will be very aware of de Ligt’s talents.Van Dijk told De Telegraaf: “He [de Ligt] is already very far, especially at that age. Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star LIVING THE DREAM De Ligt in action during his country’s Nations League victory over Germany Latest Transfer News IN DEMAND 3 3 3 RANKED “A good defender, good boy, calm, knows what he wants and hopefully he makes the right choice in his next step.“He will be on the list, because they have enough scouts at the club.”Asked if he’d be the best scout because he plays next to de Ligt, van Dijk said: “No, but if they need my opinion at Liverpool, I’ll give it.”Liverpool fans call on Jurgen Klopp to sign Matthijs de Ligt LATEST moving on Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Van Dijk, who was made Netherlands captain earlier this year, has dramatically improved the Reds’ leaky defence from last season.He has developed a formidable partnership with Joe Gomez as Liverpool lie second in the Premier League after twelve games. Van Dijk is one of the world’s highest rated defenders and has been impressed with de Ligt’s displays REVEALED Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland targets Virgil van Dijk believes Netherlands defensive partner Matthijs de Ligt will be on Liverpool’s radar.De Ligt, 19, is one of Europe’s rising stars and has been linked with moves to clubs including van Dijk’s Liverpool as well as Manchester City, Tottenham and Juventus. Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ targets Liverpool’s defence has made great strides since van Dijk’s arrival and Gomez’s return to full fitness