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They can't pour the champagne yet, but Democrats dreaming of controlling a supermajority of both legislative houses can unpack the bottle this morning.
Assembly Speaker John A. Perez declared Tuesday night that Democrats had secured two-thirds of the seats in the lower house, and trends in the Senate appeared to be following suit early this morning.
Entering Election Day needing two additional Senate seats to achieve a supermajority, Democrats were leading in four of five key districts: Fran Pavley led by 4 percentage points in District 27, with 97 percent of precincts counted; Richard Roth by 8 percentage points, District 31, 48 percent of precincts counted; Marty Block, 14 percentage points, District 39, 100 percent of precincts; and Hannah-Beth Jackson by 10 percentage points, District 19, 100 percent of precincts.
The key Senate race in which a Republican led early this morning was a nailbiter, with Bill Berryhill edging Cathleen Galgiani in a San Joaquin County-based district. The margin was 51 percent to 49 percent, with 100 percent of precincts counted.
The hard-fought, hotly contested 7th Congressional District race pitting Republican U.S. Rep. Dan Lungren against Democrat Ami Bera remains too close to call. Bera led 50.1 percent to 49.9 percent, with 100 percent of precincts counted but numerous absentee and provisional ballots remaining to be tallied.
In California ballot measures that saw no victor declared Tuesday night, the proposal to require labeling of genetically modified foods -- _Proposition 37 -- was defeated. It trailed 53 percent to 47 percent, with 93 percent of precincts counted. Meanwhile, the measure to repeal the death penalty, Proposition 34, continued to trail this morning, 53 percent to 47 percent.
In other ballot measures, Gov. Jerry Brown declared a victory for Proposition 30 and announced a press conference for 11 a.m. at the Capitol.
Unions succeeded in defeatingProposition 32 on payroll deductions.
Voters approved Proposition 36 to change the state's "three-strikes" law. Proposition 35 on human trafficking also won handily, as did Proposition 40 to keep the new state Senate maps.
Proposition 33 on vehicle insurance rates, was getting trounced by nearly 10 percentage points this morning, with only 7 percent of precincts left to count.
In races too close to call Tuesday night, Democrat Julia Brownley held a 4 percentage point lead over Republican Sen. Tony Strickland in the 26th Congressional District. Longtime Democratic Rep. Henry A. Waxman led by 8 percentage points over independent Bill Bloomfield in the 33rd Congressional District. And Gloria Negrete McLeod led Rep. Joe Baca by 10 percentage points in the 35th Congressional District. Both are Democrats.
Here are the latest numbers in key races:
Assembly District 8, Democrat Ken Cooley over Republican Peter Tateishi, 4 percentage points.
Assembly District 65, Democrat Sharon Quirk-Silva narrowly ahead of incumbent Republican Assemblyman Chris Norby, 1 percentage point.
Assembly District 66, Democrat Al Muratsuchi over Republican Craig Huey, 8 percentage points.
Congressional District 9, Democrat Jerry McNerney over Ricky Gill, 8 percentage points.
Congressional District 15, Democrat Eric Swalwell over fellow Democrat Fortney Pete Stark, 6 percentage points.
Congressional District 30, Brad Sherman over fellow Democrat Howard Berman, 21 percentage points.
Congressional District 33, Democrat Henry Waxman over Bill Bloomfield, 8 percentage points.
Congressional District 36, Democrat Raul Ruiz over Republican Mary Bono Mack, 2 percentage points.
Congressional District 47, Alan Lowenthal over Republican Gary DeLong, 10 percentage points.
Congressional District 52, Democrat Scott Peters and Republican Brian Bilbray in nearly a dead heat, holding 50. 2 percent and 49.8 percent of the vote, respectively.