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California Democrats creep closer to super-majority

Voting stickers on Tuesday, November 8, 2016 in Sacramento, Calif.
Voting stickers on Tuesday, November 8, 2016 in Sacramento, Calif. rpench@sacbee.com

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.

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Jeremy B. White: 916-326-5543, @CapitolAlert

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