Democrats Brad Sherman topped Howard Berman in one of the most expensive congressional races playing out this year, and one that is drawing interest from Hollywood studios and unions.
Sherman captured 42.4% of the vote to Berman’s 32.4%. With the state’s open primary, both incumbents will challenge each other in the newly redrawn San Fernando Valley district, a haven for entertainment industry employees. Republican Mark Reed captured 12.7% and does not make it into the general election contest, although his endorsement may matter as each candidate tries to win votes in the center.
Sherman and Berman held their primary night parties just blocks away from each other in Encino: Sherman was at the Mediterranean restaurant The Gate, while Berman’s supporters ate Italian food at his storefront headquarters just down the street. The candidates each took the opportunity to slam each other, underscoring what happens when two longtime incumbents from the same party face off. Sherman accused Berman’s allies of running a “smear campaign” that didn’t work, while Berman said that the “more voters learn about Brad’s record and the negativity of his campaign, his support drops.”