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The Propositions and Races

posted Mar 25, 2011, 10:41 PM by Golden Knight

By Marc Magallanes


Halloween came a bit late for the Democrats throughout the nation. But in California, it seems that the Tea Party never came.  

After months of arduous campaigns, the senatorial and gubernatorial elections happened on November 2. A red tide flooded the country resulting in 239 Republican seats in the House and 46 Republican seats in the Senate. Voters indicated a strong desire to change the country’s leadership after President Obama’s perceived lack of success reviving the economy, the issue most voters care for. The Tea Party spearheaded the Republican sweep with calls for smaller government, fewer taxes, reducing spending, and reducing the deficit. With support of the Tea Party, new senatorial and gubernatorial candidates were swept into power such as Senator-elect Rand Paul and Governor-elect John Kasich.

In California however, the Republican Party did not gain any traction in this historically blue state. Former CEOs Meg Whitman and Carly Fiorina failed to gain the job of governor and senator for California, respectively. Whitman (R) spent $163 million of her personal fortune made from being CEO of eBay for almost ten years towards her campaign, a record for a gubernatorial campaign. Her opponent, Jerry Brown (D), spent only a fraction of that amount yet won comfortably in the gubernatorial election, 54% to Whitman’s 41% of the votes. Carly Fiorina (R), former Hewlett-Packard CEO from 1999-2005, campaigned against incumbent Barbara Boxer (D) for one of California’s senate seats. Boxer beat Fiorina by 9%.

There were nine propositions up for approval. Proposition 19, the legalization of marijuana in the state, was the most controversial of the nine. The results of the propositions:


Proposition 19 (Legalization of Marijuana)-Failed

Proposition 20 (Redistricting of Congressional Districts)-Passed

Proposition 21 (State Park Funding, Vehicle License Surcharge)-Failed

Proposition 22 (Prohibit State from Taking some Local Funds)-Passed

Proposition 23 (Suspend Air Pollution Control Law)-Failed

Proposition 24 (Repeal Allowance of Lower Business Tax Liability)-Failed

Proposition 25 (Simple Majority Vote to Pass Budget)-Passed

Proposition 26 (2/3 Vote for some State/Local Fees)-Passed

Proposition 27 (Eliminate State Redistricting Commission)-Failed