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California Voters Defy Trends—By Voting As Expected: New at Reason

Friday, November 11, 2016 8:24
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California voters had their say on eighteen separate state-wide ballot initiatives.

Steven Greenhut writes:

Whereas the national election results shocked and surprised pollsters and many media observers, California’s results from Election Day conformed almost exactly to pre-election polls and predictions. Some of the big races were foregone conclusions, such as Attorney General Kamala Harris’ 25-percentage-point rout of Rep. Loretta Sanchez for the vacant U.S. Senate seat. But the state ballot initiatives went as expected, too.

Californians voted in ways that would be expected for such a strongly Democratic-leaning electorate, except on the issue of the death penalty. That isn’t too surprising, either, given that Californians—despite their left-of-center tilt—have long been supportive of tough-on-crime measures and have consistently supported the death penalty.

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