On Day 14 of the post-election California supermajority watch, a Democratic state Senate hopeful extended his slender lead in a race that will swing Sacramento’s balance of power.
In an exceedingly close race for a southern California seat, Democrat Josh Newman for the first time overtook Assemblywoman Ling Ling Chang, R-Diamond Bar, on Monday night, carving out an 829-vote lead. Updates released Tuesday evening pushed that margin to 1,396 votes. Newman slightly increased his leads in Los Angeles and Orange counties; Chang has the edge in San Bernardino County, which did not release an update Tuesday.
If Newman takes the 29th Senate District, Democrats will hold two-thirds majorities in both houses of the Legislature. Democrats already control more than two-thirds of Assembly districts. Enacting new taxes, amending political ethics laws or moving measures to the ballot requires a two-thirds vote of the Legislature.