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Even as ballots continue to be counted in two top races, California Democrats running for statewide office had an easy election night, while it was immediately clear the mega millions spent on several high-profile ballot measures turned out to be a poor investment.
Tallying all the ballots in California takes days, if not weeks, to finalize, so numbers are subject to change. But in a state where Republicans haven’t won statewide office since 2006 and Democrats dominate GOP voters by a near 2-1 ratio, the majority of the eight statewide races were quickly called after polls closed.
The Associated Press declared Gov. Gavin Newsom victorious in his reelection bid over state Sen. Brian Dahle (R-Bieber) shortly after 8 p.m. Dahle’s limited name identification and Newsom’s incumbency made the outcome all but certain before election day.
Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis similarly fended off her Republican challenger, as did Secretary of State Shirley Weber, a former state lawmaker appointed by Newsom in 2020.
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