California Democrats on brink of historic control of both houses
Assembly Speaker John A. Perez declared Tuesday night that Democrats had secured a supermajority in that house, and trends in the Senate were following suit this morning.
Democratic control of both houses would be historic - in the Senate, for example, the party has not held a supermajority since 1965, when Lyndon Johnson was president and Edmund G. Brown, governor.
In other ballot matters too close to call late Tuesday night:
• Proposition 37, the proposal to require labeling of genetically modified foods, was defeated. It trailed by 6 percentage points this morning, with only 7 percent of precincts uncounted.
• Proposition 34, to repeal the death penalty, continued to trail by a large margin early Wednesday, 6 percentage points.
• Republican U.S. Rep. Dan Lungren and Democratic challenger Ami Bera were nearly deadlocked in the 7th Congressional District race. Bera led 50.1 percent to 49.9 percent, with absentee and provisional ballots left to be ...