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This just in: President Barack Obama is expected to win California's 55 electoral votes.

The latest Field Poll shows that the state's voters are pretty much where they've been all year, with 54 percent of likely voters preferring Obama and 39 percent of them preferring Republican Mitt Romney. Among the rest, 5 percent are undecided and 2 percent will pick someone else.

Meanwhile, U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein has a lead of 21 percentage points among likely voters over Republican challenger Elizabeth Emken, 54 percent to 33 percent, with 13 percent undecided. Emken has polled in the low 30s since July.

Voter preferences are highly partisan, but both Obama and Feinstein hold leads among political independents. Voters with no party preference and those who are members of minor parties back the president over Romney 51 percent to 34 percent, and they prefer Feinstein over Emken 51 percent to 25 percent.

Jon Ortiz has more details in today's Bee. If you want more numbers, click here to read statistical tabulations prepared exclusively for Capitol Alert and The Bee. Find the publicly released poll at this link.

Come back to Capitol Alert later, too. We'll be posting videos of Laurel Rosenhall discussing Proposition 37 on genetically modified foods and Kevin Yamamura discussing the three tax measures. If you missed Jon Ortiz talking about Proposition 32, you'll find it here.


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