California Democrats lost their two-thirds supermajorities in both the state Senate and the Assembly Tuesday night – now the question becomes by how much. Several outstanding Assembly races could still tip into Republicans’ favor, capping an impressive surge for the minority party.
Meanwhile, nationally, Republicans were celebrating big election victories, taking control of the U.S. Senate and extending their majority in the House of Representatives. It could grow even further, if they ultimately unseat the Democratic incumbents in a number of districts that have not yet been called.
Check AM Alert each morning for updates on the results in these 11 tight contests, which could still take days for election officials to call:
Assembly District 39 (San Fernando)
Patty Lopez (D) - 17,427
Raul Bocanegra (D) incumbent - 17,245
Assembly District 44 (Oxnard)
Jacqui Irwin (D) - 41,977
Rob McCoy (R) - 40,121
Assembly District 57 (Whittier)
Ian Calderon (D) incumbent - 25,216
Rita Topalian (R) - 23,833
Assembly District 66 (Torrance)
David Hadley (R) - 41,807
Al Muratsuchi (D) incumbent - 39,478
Congressional District 7 (Sacramento suburbs)
Doug Ose (R) - 64,615
Ami Bera (D) incumbent - 62,432
Congresstional District 9 (San Joaquin Delta)
Jerry McNerney (D) incumbent - 40,290
Tony Amador (R) - 37,930
Congressional District 16 (Merced, Fresno)
Johnny Tacherra (R) - 35,207
Jim Costa (D) incumbent - 34,471
Congressional District 17 (South Bay Area)
Mike Honda (D) incumbent - 44,103
Ro Khanna (D) - 40,173
Congressional District 26 (Gold Coast, Ventura)
Julia Brownley (D) incumbent - 63,811
Jeff Gorell (R) - 63,281
Congressional District 31 (Inland Empire)
Pete Aguilar (D) - 46,699
Paul Chabot (R) - 44,408
Congressional District 52 (Coastal San Diego)
Scott Peters (D) incumbent - 78,837
Carl DeMaio (R) - 77,976
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DEEP IMPACT: The newly-elected Legislature will first convene on December 1, but the old one is slipping in a few last hurrahs. The Joint Legislative Committee on Emergency Management will hold a hearing on the impacts of climate change on California’s infrastructure, 1:30 p.m. at the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors building. Among those slated to testfiy is Mark Ghilarducci, director of the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services.
THE HISTORY BOYS: The State Historical Resources Commission gathers, 9 a.m. at City Hall on I Street, for its quarterly meeting, where it will discuss 11 new nominations for the National Register of Historic Places, including the Mount Tamalpias Mountain Theater, fires stations in San Jose and San Diego, and Sacramento’s Capitol Towers, which was “among the first privately sponsored urban redevelopment projects in California.”
JAILHOUSE ROCK: With the debate over prison realignment, the partial repeal of the three-strikes law, and the passage this week of a ballot measure to reduce sentencing for some petty crimes, criminal justice policy in California is in serious flux. The McGeorge Law Review and the Capital Center for Public Law & Policy hold a symposium on reforming California’s sentencing practice and policy, starting at 8:30 a.m. at the Pacific McGeorge School of Law on 5th Avenue.
DUDE, WHERE’S MY CAR?: The California Energy Commission and the California Pollution Control Financing Authority conduct a public workshop on a proposed program to fund the expansion of electric vehicle charging stations in California, 9 a.m. at the California Energy Commission building on 9th Street.
CRUISE CONTROL: How is California doing with early implementation of the Local Control Funding Formula, the state’s new school funding system that provides more money for low-income students, English learners and foster children? Policy Analysis for California Education hosts a briefing, 11:30 a.m. at the UC Center Sacramento on K Street.
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