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Highs and lows of California’s (certified) November election

Alex Padilla: Trump’s election allegations ‘absolutely false, without basis, without evidence’

California Secretary of State Alex Padilla, certifying the Nov. 8 election, rejected unproven allegations from President-elect Donald Trump of voter fraud and complaints from Bernie Sanders supporters before the June primary.
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California Secretary of State Alex Padilla, certifying the Nov. 8 election, rejected unproven allegations from President-elect Donald Trump of voter fraud and complaints from Bernie Sanders supporters before the June primary.

Secretary of State Alex Padilla on Friday certified results of the Nov. 8 election, closing the books on a fall campaign season that featured high-profile statewide races, a bevy of ballot measures, and dozens of district contests.

Padilla, a Democrat who has emerged as a sharp critic of President-elect Donald Trump, signed the statement of vote in front of reporters in his Sacramento office.

“It would be an understatement when I say it’s been an unprecedented and historic year for elections,” said Padilla, who again rejected Trump’s unproven allegation that he lost the popular vote because of “millions” of fraudulent votes in California and two other states.

Final turnout last month was 75.27 percent of registered voters, the highest since 2008, while almost 59 percent of people eligible to vote cast ballots, the second-highest level in 30 years, Padilla’s office said.

75.27 Final turnout of registered voters Nov. 8

California’s ballot featured a presidential race, a U.S. senate race, 17 ballot measures, 53 House races, and 100 Assembly and state Senate contests. Here are the highs and lows:

Most votes: 14,181,595, for president. Democrat Hillary Clinton received 8,753,788 votes, topping Republican Donald Trump by 4,269,978 votes, 61.7 percent to 31.6 percent, the biggest margin of victory since 1936.

Biggest ballot measure margin of victory: Proposition 58, which allows schools to expand bilingual education programs, passed with 73.5 percent of the vote.

Smallest ballot measure margin: Proposition 53, which would have required a public vote on revenue bonds of $2 billion or more, failed by 151,646 votes, or 1.2 percentage points.

Biggest House margin of victory: U.S. Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Oakland, received 90.7 percent of the vote.

Smallest House margin: Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Vista won re-election by 1,621 votes, 0.6 percentage points over Democrat Doug Applegate.

Biggest state Senate margin of victory: State Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, won re-election with 78.6 percent of the vote.

Smallest state Senate margin: Josh Newman, D-Fullerton, defeated Republican Ling Ling Chang by 0.8 percentage points, or 2,498 votes.

Biggest Assembly margin of victory: Assemblyman Tony Thurmond, D-Richmond, won re-election with 89.4 percent of the vote.

Smallest Assembly margin: Assemblyman Marc Steinorth, R-Rancho Cucamonga, won re-election by 1.2 percentage points, or 1,948 votes.

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