| California Democrats are poised to have a clean sweep of the statewide elected offices, depending on whether Kamala Harris can maintain a razor-thin margin of victory over Steve Cooley. (Seriously, who the hell votes a Brown-Boxer-Newsom-Cooley ticket? WTF is wrong with those people?)
Here are the results as we know them, with 96.6% reporting across California. Note that the Secretary of State's site appears to be back up. It's not her fault the site crashed - they apparently got screwed by a vendor that made promises they could not keep.
Governor: Brown 54, Whitman 41
US Senate: Boxer 52, Fiorina 42
Lt. Gov: Newsom 50, Maldonado 39
Sec State: Bowen 53, Dunn 38
Controller: Chiang 55, Strickland 36
Treasurer: Lockyer 56, Walters 36
Attorney General: Harris 46.1%, Cooley 45.6%
Insurance Commissioner: Jones 50, Villines 38
Supt. of Public Instruction: Torlakson 55, Aceves 45
Prop 19: 46 yes, 54 no
Prop 20: 61 yes, 39 no
Prop 21: 42 yes, 58 no
Prop 22: 61 yes, 39 no
Prop 23: 39 yes, 61 no
Prop 24: 42 yes, 58 no
Prop 25: 55 yes, 45 no
Prop 26: 53 yes, 47 no
Prop 20: 40 yes, 60 no
Other selected races around the state:
CA-3: Lungren 51, Bera 43
CA-11: McNerney 82,124, Harmer 82,003 (wow)
CA-20: Vidak 51.5, Costa 48.5
CA-47: Sanchez 51, Tran 42
SD-12: Cannella 53, Caballero 47
SD-28: Oropeza 58, Stammreich 35
AD-5: Pan 49.1, Pugno 46.1
AD-10: Huber 51, Sieglock 43
AD-15: Buchanan 53, Wilson 47
AD-53: Butler 50, Mintz 43
AD-68: Mansoor 56, Nguyen 44
AD-70: Wagner 58, Fox 37
So. What all does this mean?
First, that Californians want to be governed by Democrats, and certainly not by wealthy CEOs. The Whitman bust is one of the most laughable and epic political failures we've ever seen. She spent $160 million to lose by double digits. Ultimately she and Fiorina could not overcome the basic contradiction of Republican politics: their base hates Latinos, but California's elections are increasingly decided by Latinos.
More importantly, Californians rejected right-wing economics. They rejected Whitman and Fiorina's attack on government and public spending to produce economic recovery.
The loss of the House stings - California will feel that painfully, not only because the first Speaker from California has lost her majority, but because the new House majority is deeply hostile to the values Californians just showed.
The propositions could have gone better. The defeat of Prop 19 was not surprising, and while I wish it had passed, it turned in a better showing than some had projected. Prop 21's failure just sucks; are people really skittish about spending $18 a year to save state parks? Prop 26's passage is going to cause a lot of problems. We won a huge victory in passing Prop 25 and defeating Prop 23, of course. And in what should come as no big surprise, voters overwhelmingly said they want redistricting done by an independent commission.
Looking at the legislative races, Democrats basically treaded water. With a more 2008-like turnout we could have flipped some of these seats, such as AD-68 or AD-70. But we've built a strong base for the future.
Overall, Californians rejected the right-wing and showed they want a Democratic future. But progressives still have our work cut out for us, both nationally and here in California.