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No surprise here: early exit polling shows that the economy is by far the most important issue to voters casting a ballot in the gubernatorial and U.S. Senate contests.

Nearly two-thirds of voters interviewed said the economy was the top issue facing the country.

And they aren't optimistic about a turn-around anytime soon. Eighty-six percent said they are worried about the direction the county's economy will head in next year.

Voters don't appear to have a whole lot of faith that their elected senator will be able to boost jobs in their home state.

A majority of voters did not think either Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer or Republican candidate Carly Fiorina would be able create jobs for California.

The exit polls are conducted for The Bee and other media outlets at 50 polling places across the state by Edison Research.

The results, which include interviews with vote-by-mail voters, are based on the first waves of exit polling and could shift as more results come in. Check back soon for more updates.


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