One of the big storylines for California was whether or not the State Legislature would see Democrat supermajorities in both the Senate and the Assembly.  As of press time it is looking likely that one house, the Assembly, will see a 2/3s vote supermajority while the Senate is looking like it will be one vote short.

Although the state budget no longer requires a 2/3s vote, there are many important policy and procedural issues that still take a supermajority, so both parties take this threshold very serious.

In the Assembly Democrats needed a net gain of three seats to hit supermajority status and had targeted four seats held by Republicans.  Although still close while absentee ballots are being counted, it looks like three of those seats – Hadley (Torrance), Linder (Corona), and Kim (Fullerton) – will switch parties going to Muratsuchi, Cervantes, and Quirk-Silva, respectively.  One targeted SF Bay Area Republican that was targeted for defeat, Catharine Baker (Dublin) was able to secure re-election in a district that has traditionally voted overwhelmingly for Democrats.

Including the three incumbents named above two Democrat also were defeated (Brown and Lopez) in same party races that will not impact the ultimate partisan make-up of the lower House.

On the Senate side, assuming all results hold, no incumbents were defeated and no seats changed from one party to another.

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