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* Democrats have won at least 9 out of 10 statewide elected offices, with the Attorney General race still up in the air (progressive Democrat and San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris trails conservative Republican and Los Angeles DA Steve Cooley by about 10,000 votes). All Democratic congressional seats appear to have been held, with Jerry McNerney and Jim Costa clinging to narrow leads in CA-11 and CA-20, respectively. Those two districts have been hammered by the foreclosure crisis.
How did the victory happen? It was a combination of two factors:
In the state legislature, Democrats picked up a seat in the Assembly (near Sacramento, defeating the author of Prop 8) and stayed even in the Senate.
The ballot propositions didn't go as well. Prop 19 failed, unsurprisingly - the Yes on 19 campaign was hamstrung by a severe lack of funding. George Soros put in $1 million the last week of the election, which helped launch a belated get out the vote effort, but by then it had already been lost. Every tax measure failed, including one to close corporate tax loopholes.
The two victories on the ballot props were Prop 23, which failed (an initiative funded by Texas oil companies to suspend the state's cap-and-trade carbon emissions law and the mandate to reduce emissions to 1990 levels by 2020) and Prop 25, which succeeded (lowering the threshold to pass a budget from 2/3 to a simple majority).
Now we get to enjoy Governor Jerry Brown's third term. He's already pledged another round of austerity, but Dems hope he'll be open to putting some tax measures on a 2011 special election ballot.
Overall, California was one of the few bright spots nationwide in this election, owing to public dislike of the extreme right, of wealthy CEOs, and the unprecedented mobilization of the progressive base. But California's deep structural problems remain, and have been only marginally helped by the election outcomes. Disaster was avoided, but deliverance is nowhere in sight, especially with Republican control of the US House of Representatives.
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