The California election 2010 results didn’t determine the House or Senate. In fact, the California election 2010 results weren’t important to the House or Senate at all, as their biggest races were elsewhere. The state had the most covered Governor’s race of the night, while many notable Propositions were put on the ballot. Much of the state was focused on whether Jerry Brown or Meg Whitman would lead them in Sacramento – and whether they were allowed to smoke marijuana to take the edge off. But although the California election 2010 results went for Brown, the left wasn’t as pleased over Prop 19 failing.
Out of all the Propositions on the ballot, young people were likely most interested in Prop 19, which would have decriminalized much of marijuana use. Yet it easily went down to defeat, with 54 percent voting against the measure.
However, other California election 2010 results pleased the left, namely in the gubernatorial and Senate races. Jerry Brown was in a heated battle with Meg Whitman for the Governor’s seat, but he will finally be able to return to Sacramento.
After serving as Governor from 1975 to 1983, Brown returns to power with 54 percent of the vote. Despite spending $140 million in the campaign, Whitman faded back with 41 percent. As one Democratic icon in California returned to prominence, another one survived a tough challenge.
Barbara Boxer, like many progressive incumbents this year, was in danger of losing her Senate seat this time. But unlike Russ Feingold, Boxer managed to stay, as the California election 2010 results favored her for the fourth straight time. Boxer won 52 percent of the vote, while Republican challenger Carly Fiorina could only get 42 percent.
While much of the nation experience upheaval from Republican victories, California stayed relatively the same. It is regarded as one of the most liberal-friendly states in the nation, and last night, liberal Senators, Representatives and candidates found some refuge.
As for the Propositions on the ballot, the California election 2010 results were a bit of a mixed bag for liberals. Prop 19 failed, yet Prop 23 failed to repeal the state’s global warming law. Prop 26 passed, meaning that a “fee” against companies that harm the environment will need a 2/3’rds majority. However, Prop 25’s success will let a simple majority, instead of a 2/3’rds count, pass the state’s troubled budget.
No matter who won or what passed last night, the state remains in very big trouble. The two terms of the “Govenator” did not slow down the turmoil and chaos in the Golden State. Even last night, a dead candidate won a state Senate seat, as the late Jenny Oropeza easily prevailed in the 28’th Senate district.
The state has a long way to go to regain credibility, leaving those who prevailed in the California election results with a hard task ahead.
Los Angeles Times- “Jerry Brown cruises to win”
Manhattan Beach Patch- “California General Election Results”
Huffington Post- “Jenny Oropeza Wins California Election Despite Being Dead”