SoCal Senate race narrows, Democrats edge closer to supermajority

election democracyRepublicans’ chances of fending off a Democratic supermajority in the Legislature dwindle by the day. 

The linchpin is one Southern California Senate district, where Republican Assemblywoman Ling Ling Chang has a narrow lead over Democrat Josh Newman in the race to replace the former Senate Minority Leader Bob Huff, who is termed out.

While Chang holds a lead, she’s losing ground every day. Last Wednesday, Chang led Newman by around 5,000 votes. The next day, her lead dropped to 3,500 votes.

On Monday, it was less than 200 votes, according to the Secretary of State.

A two-thirds “supermajority” would give Democrats the power to bypass Republican support to pass emergency legislation and put constitutional amendments on the ballot, among other privileges.

“It is important,” said Eric Bauman, vice chairman of the California Democratic Party, noting that there’s a certain level of “bragging rights” that come with the power as well. 

The vote tally changes daily as ballots are still being counted from the election earlier this month. Senate District 29 spans three counties: Orange, Los Angeles and San Bernardino.

There are around 92,000 ballots uncounted in Orange County, where the bulk of SD29 voters live.

County election officials must report final results to the state by December 9, which will certify the results by Dec. 16. 

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  1. Joe
    Joe 21 November, 2016, 15:51

    You scrubs better get ready for some major tax increases.

    The Demonrats are going to go hog wild once they get to two-thirds.

    And just wait until Brownie’s out and you get Pretty Boy Newson.

    Bend over cause you’re gonna get taxed good and hard.

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  2. eck
    eck 21 November, 2016, 19:53

    Does any sane person believe that there isn’t major fraud going on here? Every time “votes” are counted/recounted the Dem goes up? C’mon. There’s corruption at work here. It just reeks.

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  3. Queeg
    Queeg 21 November, 2016, 21:35

    Comrades

    Problem is the Visgoths will get little of the rash of insane taxes to come. In fact, most taxes will be direct consumption taxes like on soda, gasoline, energy, snack foods, tobacco.

    Pensions will generously funded and a large swath of new publicans will be hired to redistribute the income of those least able to afford-

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