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California Democrats Regain State Senate Supermajority

Tuesday, November 20, 2018  
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California’s Democrats are no longer one short of a supermajority of 27 senators in the California Senate after winning two targeted seats in the election. Democrats continue to hold on to their supermajority in the State Assembly. Democrats were left one short of a supermajority in the Senate after the June recall of Senator Josh Newman and his replacement by Republican Ling Ling Chang. Newman was recalled over his vote to increase gas taxes.

Republicans lost two of three targeted Senate seats currently held by Republicans. Rob Poythress, a farmer and Madera County Supervisor, lost in the 12th District Senate seat of termed out Republican Senator Anthony Cannella. Assembly member, Anna Caballero, defeated Poythress with 53.5% of the vote. In another targeted race, Republican State Senator Andy Vidak was unable to hold off a challenge in his 14th Senate District seat by Sanger councilwoman Melissa Hurtado. Hurtado won with over 54% of the vote. In a third targeted race, with votes still to be counted, Republican incumbent Senator Janet Nguyen is leading former three-term Assemblyman Tom Umberg in the 34th Senate District, by around 1,000 votes. County election officials have until December 7 to complete the vote count.

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