It was no surprise that Mr. Newsom won the Governorship as all the polls indicated his success, however the fact that he won by almost  20 points was surprising, and that wide margin has proven to produce some surprises in legislative races too.

Normally in the off-year elections Republicans expect to do better than during Presidential elections, however Tuesday saw the GOP lose control of the House of Representatives and apparently cede a 2/3s vote majority in both houses of the Legislature.  Some races are still too close to call but it appears the trends are heading towards almost solid control across the board.

In terms of statewide offices the only post where a non-Democrat appears to have had some success is with the non-partisan Superintendent of Public Instruction Office, where Marshall Tuck holds about a 70K vote lead.

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