2014 General Election Results
Voters went to the polls yesterday where they had the opportunity to vote on constitutional offices, legislative seats and local government races as well as numerous ballot measures. By a wide margin, Governor Jerry Brown was re-elected to an unprecedented fourth term as governor and Democrats retained their stronghold over every statewide constitutional office. The main focus of the governor’s efforts during the general election was Proposition 1, known as the Water Bond, and Proposition 2, the Rainy Day Fund, and both passed with overwhelming support.
As for the Legislature, current results indicate that Democrats have lost their two-thirds supermajority in the state Senate. An open Senate seat previously held by Democrats saw Republican Janet Nguyen handily beat former Democrat Assembly Member Jose Solorio. Should results hold, the Democrats will have 26 seats to the Republicans’ 14 seats after special elections are held within the next few months to fill three Senate vacancies.
Turning to the Assembly, preliminary results indicate that Democrats have also lost their two-thirds supermajority. Incumbent Democrat Steve Fox lost to Republican Tom Lackey, and Sharon Quirk-Silva was defeated by Republican Young Kim. Two additional seats remain too-close to call, where Republican David Hadley is currently ahead of Democrat incumbent Al Muratsuchi and Catherine Baker is leading Democrat Tim Sbranti in an open seat race. Democrats, however, did pick up a Republican seat with Jacqui Irwin’s win over Rob McCoy. If these results carry, Democrats will hold 52 seats to the Republicans’ 28.
Heading into these mid-term elections there were 13 states where United States Senate seats might have changed from one party to the other with Republicans needing to win six of them to attain a majority in the Senate for the first time in seven years. Republicans achieved that goal as of this morning, and if current results hold, the GOP will have netted eight seats to take control with at least a margin of 53 to 46. There still remains a runoff in Louisiana where Republican Bill Cassidy is expected to defeat incumbent Democrat Mary Landrieu.
Republicans dominated the House of Representatives election even more soundly, gaining an additional 12 seats and affirming their control of the House with a total of 246 seats.
In California’s congressional contests, one of the most expensive races in the country, Republican Doug Ose is narrowly ahead of Democrat Ami Bera by a margin of 51.4 percent to 48.6 percent. In an open seat, Democrat Pete Aguilar has a slight lead on Republican Paul Chabot 51 percent to 49 percent. State Assembly Member Brian Nestande failed to unseat Democratic incumbent Raul Ruiz in a contest that shows him losing 46.7 percent to 53.3 percent. In San Diego, Democrat Scott Peters is trailing Republican Carl DeMaio by a vote of 49.7 percent to 50.3 percent in.
For more information and outcomes related to yesterday’s general election, and to obtain more detailed results on specific contests, continuously updated data can be found on the Secretary of State’s website at http://vote.sos.ca.gov/.