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VIDEO: Dan Walters says that Tuesday's voters looked more like California's populace than in previous elections.

California's political types conduct an autopsy today of Tuesday's election at an all-day conference in Sacramento sponsored by Capitol Weekly, the University of California Sacramento Center and the nonprofit Leadership California Institute. A lot of big names will be there.

Political journalist Lou Cannon, who's the biographer of Ronald Reagan and a former senior White House correspondent for the Washington Post, delivers the keynote luncheon address.

The post-mortem will look at several issues, including the top-two primary's effect on the election. Those panelists include former Democratic consultant Paul Mitchell of Political Data Inc., Senate leader Darrell Steinberg's political consultant Lisa Gasperoni, Democratic consultant Andrew Acosta and UC Davis political science professor Robert Huckfeldt. Moderating is Marisa Lagos of the San Francisco Chronicle.

Moderating a discussion of the ballot proposition fights is Anthony York of the Los Angeles Times. That panel features Democratic consultants Gale Kaufman and Jason Kinney, Proposition 34 supporter Jeanne Woodford and Republican consultants Beth Miller and Aaron McLear.

Then there's the role of television, with former TV reporter Kevin Riggs, now with Randle Communications, moderating a panel that includes Republican consultant Kevin Eckery, Gov. Jerry Brown aide Steve Glazer, Sheri Sadler, who handled media for the Kamala Harris and Gavin Newsom campaigns, and Bay Area Council president Jim Wunderman.

Last but not least, The Bee's Amy Chance will moderate a look at the future, with author Mark Paul, Shawnda Westly of the California Democratic Party, UC Santa Cruz Dean Sheldon Kamieniecki and Lou Paulson of the California Professional Firefighters.

A meet-and-greet reception follows with newly elected members of the Assembly and the Senate. If you didn't cough up the $199 to attend, be patient. The event at 1201 K St. is being recorded for broadcast later on the California Channel.

Come back to Capitol Alert later. We'll be reporting on the squeaker races as the numbers come in.



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