When Nick Melvoin arrived at his victory party, he was swarmed by friends, family members, campaign workers. An independent documentary crew chronicling public education in California followed his every conversation.
Melvoin said he's been spending time since the primary knocking on doors, "knowing that we have to overcome some of these Trump accusations." What he meant was the efforts to connect him with Trump and his Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.
"This is not a Trump-leaning district, thank God," Melvoin said. He said he was "cautiously optimistic" about the early returns that gave him a 6,000-vote lead.