November 30, 2022

Early results from CalMatters’ live results tracker show that all of the state’s incumbent Democrats were on track for easy re-election: Governor Gavin Newsom, Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis, Attorney General Rob Bonta, Secretary of State Shirley Weber, Treasurer Fiona Ma , Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara and Superintendent of Public Education Tony Thurmond.

Lanhee Chen, the candidate for state control who some thought could be the first Republican to win a California state office in nearly two decades, followed his Democratic opponent Malia Cohen by double digits on the early return — raising questions about the future of the GOP in the state.

  • As Cohen proclaimed victory on Tuesday night, Chen .’s campaign said early today“It’s way too early to admit…there are millions of votes left to count.”

When it comes to voting measures, three easily sailed to victory: Proposition 1, to enshrine the right to abortion and contraception in the state constitution; Prop. 28, to demand that the state spend more money on art and music education in public schools; and Prop. 31, to enforce a state law banning the sale of certain flavored tobacco products.

On the other hand, voters firmly rejected Props. 26 and 27, which would have legalized sports betting at Native American casinos and online respectively; and shot Prop. 29 down, the third attempt in as many elections to improve the regulation of kidney dialysis clinics.

Proposition 30, which would impose a new tax on millionaires to fund electric vehicle programs and hire more firefighters, was also rejected.

  • The initiative — opposed by the stunning combination of Newsom and the California Republican Party, and backed by the California Democratic Party and prominent labor and environmental groups — proved highly controversial right up to the last minute.
  • “We have to beat Prop. 30, which is bad for our state,” Newsom told reporters Tuesday morning after casting his vote at the California Museum in Sacramento. On Monday, supporters of the initiative filed a complaint with the California campaign finance watchdog, alleging that the No on 30 campaign sent “misleading texts” to millions of voters at the last minute.

In brief remarks at a Sacramento victory party for Prop. 1 on Tuesday night, Newsom focused less on his gubernatorial victory than on the interest of California voters who overwhelmingly approved the abortion rights amendment — which he contrasted with policies in “red states” that exhibit “cruelty” and a “lust for demonization”.

  • Newsom: “We have clearly affirmed with conviction that we are a true freedom state. … That is in stark contrast to the uncertainty we currently experience when it comes to the national mood. … In states big and small, the rights we all come to enjoy are at stake. In states big and small, we have governors who won their reelection tonight in other states that are banning books, ban speech, ban abortion. And here we are in California in a very different direction. That’s a deep point of pride. And it is with that passion that I bring to this second term, a determination to do more to advance that cause of freedom and fairness.”

But while the results of many races seemed clear on Tuesday night, some of the most heated – and expensive – state legislative and US House competitions were too close to mention, and could remain that way for days or even weeks.

It also remains to be seen whether a Republican “red wave” will crash over California House races and if so, to what extent. Which party ultimately gains control of Congress may be determined by races in the Golden State.

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