LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – Prop 19 results ended the night just as it started it. California’s Proposition 19 measure was narrowly defeated, far closer than many of the states top races including U.S. Senate. Last night across national election coverage TV broadcasts, Prop 19 remained one of the most widespread covered measures of this midterm election.
Of the nearly seven million votes cast on Tuesday, Prop 9 loss by roughly five hundred thousand votes, eight percent. Carly Fiorina loss by ten percent of the vote to Barbara Boxer in the Senate race. In other races, Dave Jones won the Insurance Commissioner race by a thirteen percent margin; incumbent John Chiang won the controller’s race by nearly twenty percent margin; and Debra Bowen was re-elected Secretary of State by a fifteen percent margin.
On other propositions, prop 25, prop 22, and prop 20 passed last night.
In the governor’s race, Jerry Brown defeated Meg Whitman. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger released a news statement congratulating Jerry Brown.
“Congratulations to Attorney General Jerry Brown on his hard-fought campaign and his victory tonight. Jerry has demonstrated his commitment to the people of California throughout a lifetime of public service as Governor, Mayor of Oakland and Attorney General, and I pledge to work with his incoming administration to provide the most efficient and smooth transition of power possible for the people of California.”
One race still Wednesday remains too close to call. Kamala Harris (Dem) leads Steve Cooley (GOP) in the race for Attorney General by less than 100,000 votes with 93% of precincts reporting.
Democratic mayor of San Francisco Gavin Newsom won for lieutenant governor of California. He told a crowd last night “Abel Maldonado took the helm of the Lieutenant Governor’s Office during a brief and challenging time. He is to be thanked for his service. As your next Lieutenant Governor, I will spare no effort and waste no time. I am ready to hit the ground running. I am prepared to be Lieutenant Governor for every Californian — helping to steer our state through its toughest storms.”
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