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DEMSWHITECOATS.JPG The readers have spoken: We have a winner in the Capitol Alert caption contest.

Drum roll, please...

2.) "We shall call her Megenstein."

The entry, by Davis resident Richard Chadwick, was the clear favorite with 37 percent of the vote.

Chadwick, 63, said he immediately thought of Gene Wilder in Mel Brooks' 1974 film "Young Frankenstein" when he saw an item promoting the contest in the print edition of The Bee.

"They were all standing there, and I was thinking the worst nemesis would have to be Meg," the retired school principal said.

Chadwick was so excited that his caption made the finals on his first time entering the contest that he saved the finalist list published in the print Bee and showed it to his grandsons during their Father's Day visit.

"They went and voted for me," he proudly told Capitol Alert.

Caption No. 5, "And through arthroscopic advances, we enter here and here to surgically remove the taxpayer's wallet," came in second with 25 percent of the vote.

Your faithful vote counter noticed a trend: Voters whose e-mail signatures indicate they work for Democrats picked No. 2, while GOP staffers seemed to side with No. 5.

The photo is from a trip of the entire Democratic ticket -- gubernatorial nominee Jerry Brown, lieutenant governor nominee Gavin Newsom, attorney general hopeful Kamala Harris, state Treasurer Bill Lockyer, state Controller John Chiang, insurance commissioner nominee Dave Jones and Secretary of State Debra Bowen -- touring a solar panel plant in Fremont in white lab coats.

Click here to see all eight captions that made it to the final round.

Thanks to all who submitted entries and votes!


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