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VIDEO: Dan Walters says in his latest report that high-speed rail proponents may not get what they want from the California Senate.

The Assembly has adjourned until Aug. 6, but members of the Senate are still in town, facing a crucial vote on initial funding for the state's controversial high-speed rail project.

As David Siders reported Thursday, the Assembly's approval was expected. But which way will the Senate go? There's speculation that backers are a few votes short for passage.

"This is a very tight and tough vote," Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg acknowledged Thursday, "but I've had tight and tough votes before."

After members of the upper house finish up their business, they're expected to adjourn until Aug. 6 as well.

Meanwhile, the latest Field Poll reports that likely voters in California are extremely polarized over this year's presidential choices, with Democrats preferring President Barack Obama and Republicans preferring former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney by pretty much the same wide margin of 9 to 1.

Those Republicans have Obama on their minds, as Torey Van Oot reports in today's Bee. Sixty percent of them say they back Romney because they're against the president, not because they're for the GOP candidate.

Even so, there isn't much chance of California going red in November, with Obama leading 55 percent to 37 percent over Romney among likely voters. Click here to read statistical tabulations compiled exclusively for Capitol Alert. You'll find the publicly released poll at this link.

The Bee's Torey Van Oot contributed to this report.


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