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AM Alert: 11 close races to keep an eye on

Democratic Rep. Ami Bera, right, and Republican Doug Ose, left, shake hands after debating in Sacramento on Oct. 8, 2014.
Democratic Rep. Ami Bera, right, and Republican Doug Ose, left, shake hands after debating in Sacramento on Oct. 8, 2014. jvillegas@sacbee.com

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.

Call The Bee’s Alexei Koseff, (916) 321-5236. Follow him on Twitter @akoseff.

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