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Politics & Government

5 Things To Know About California’s Election Results

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Andrew Nixon
County registrar employees check ballot surfaces and orient them to make sure they scan properly when counted, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020.

Here’s a roundup of where election results stand in California as of Wednesday morning.

Results are continuing to come in and ballots are still being counted in California, which means that some races are far from decided in the state and the nation.

Here’s a roundup of where election results stand in California as of Wednesday afternoon.

Joe Biden Is Projected To Win California In The Presidential Race

Former Vice President Joe Biden is projected to win the presidential race in California, which would secure him 55 of the 270 Electoral College votes needed to win the race against President Donald Trump. Biden’s projected win was called fairly early in the night, but his win in California is far from a surprise.

The presidential race had not yet been called as of Tuesday night, and as votes continue to be counted across the nation, including in several swing states, it’s likely to take longer than usual to know who has won the presidency.

President Trump falsely claimed Tuesday night that he had won the election. This is not true, as millions of votes are still being counted in key states, including Nevada, Pennsylvania and Georgia.

Props 20, 21, 23 Projected To Fail, While Props 17 And 22 Projected To Pass

Propositions 20, 21 and 23 are projected to have been rejected by California voters. Proposition 20 would have rolled back changes to California’s sentencing laws, making certain misdemeanor crimes into felonies. Proposition 21 would have allowed counties and cities in California to enact stricter rent control policies. Proposition 23 would have required dialysis clinics to have a licensed physician, nurse or physician assistant on site during kidney dialysis treatment.

Proposition 17, which is projected to pass, would allow people on parole for felony convictions to vote after their state or federal prison term ends. Proposition 22 is also projected to pass. This measure would allow app-based rideshare and delivery companies like Uber, Lyft and DoorDash to continue to classify their drivers as independent contractors rather than employees, which allows them to provide them with less comprehensive benefits.

Head here for a more detailed breakdown of where each of California’s 2020 ballot propositions stands.

Some House Races Called, But Some Key Seats Remain To Be Decided

While many House of Representatives races have already been called across California, a few potentially competitive districts still remain to be seen.

Districts 1 and 4 in Northern California had not yet been called as of Wednesday morning. In both districts, male Republican incumbents are facing off against women Democratic challengers hoping to flip the districts. In District 1, incumbent Rep. Doug LaMalfa leads challenger Audrey Denney by 55 to 45 percent, while in District 4, incumbent Rep. Tom McClintock faces challenger Brynne Kennedy.

The race between incumbent Democratic Rep. T.J. Cox and Republican David Valadao is also yet to be called. The same two candidates met in 2018 when Valadao was the incumbent and Cox the challenger, but now the roles have reversed.

Democratic Rep. Doris Matsui, who represents Sacramento, is projected to win the election to retain her seat against Republican opponent Chris Bish.

Democrats Leading In Many State Senate Races

Two of the highest-profile legislative races are in Southern California. In Senate District 29, which straddles parts of Los Angeles, Orange and San Bernardino counties, incumbent Sen. Ling Ling Chang (R–Diamond Bar) had 48% of the vote to Democrat Josh Newman’s 52% with more than half the expected votes tallied late Tuesday night.

In the closely-watched Senate District 37 in Orange County, incumbent GOP Sen. John Moorlach had 48% of the vote and Democratic challenger Dave Min had 52% with about 70% of the vote counted.

In the Sacramento region’s Senate District 3, incumbent State Sen. Bill Dodd (D–Napa) was at 70% of the vote compared with 30% for Republican challenger Carlos Santamaria with more than half the expected votes counted by Wednesday morning. Senate District 3 includes all or portions of the counties of Contra Costa, Napa, Sacramento, Solano, Sonoma and Yolo.

In San Joaquin County’s Senate District 5, incumbent State Sen. Susan Talamantes Eggman, (D–Stockton) was at 59% compared to GOP challenger Jim Ridenour’s 41%. About 50% of the vote has been tallied.

In Senate District 1, incumbent GOP Sen. Brian Dahle was at 57% while Democratic challenger Pamela Swartz was at 43%. The district includes much of the Sierra Nevada mountain range east of Sacramento and north to the Oregon border.

Millions Of Votes Are Potentially Yet To Be Counted Across The State

Election results are expected to come in more slowly this year thanks to the increase in voting by mail due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Many races have not yet been called in California and across the nation, and many ballots have not yet been counted as election officials continue to work to process them.

In California, millions of votes could remain to be counted in the state, according to projections from Political Data, Inc of the total number of votes to be cast. Mail-in ballots in California that are postmarked on Election Day or before and arrive no more than 17 days after the election will be counted, meaning votes will continue to come in across the state in the coming weeks.

Keep up to date on races across California and Nevada on our election results page, where you can view your own personalized races and can see the projected number of ballots left to be counted in each race.

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