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VIDEO: Dan Walters says that the last-minute surge in voter registrations -- skewed toward young Democrats -- could help Gov. Jerry Brown and his Proposition 30.

If California's elementary, middle school and high school students were the state's only voters, only two of the 11 propositions on Tuesday's ballot would fail: Proposition 32 on campaign finance, and Proposition 34 to abolish the death penalty, though the latter just barely.

That tally comes from this year's statewide mock election, which Secretary of State Debra Bowen and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced last week. More than 250,000 students from 674 schools, including several in Sacramento, took part.

Other mock election results have Democrat Barack Obama winning in a landslide over Republican Mitt Romney, 69 percent to 23 percent, and Democrat Dianne Feinstein beating Republican Elizabeth Emken by a large margin as well, 66 percent to 34 percent.

The squeaker was Proposition 40, the redistricting referendum, which garnered only 50.16 percent of the youngsters' votes. Learn more at this link, where you can find full results and a list of participating schools.

California's real polls, of course, open Tuesday at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. The Secretary of State's Office will start providing unofficial election results at vote.sos.ca.gov after the polls close and county elections officials begin to report their numbers.

In the case of nail-biters, a bit of patience may be in order. Counties have until Dec. 7 to complete their official canvass and certify final results to the Secretary of State's Office, which then has until Dec. 14 to compile and report the results.

NEW GIG: Senate Rules Committee aide Juan Carlos Torres has a new title: vice president of government relations at the California Medical Association. Most recently the committee's chief deputy director of appointments, Torres has also served as chief of staff to former Assemblyman Hector De La Torre and to then Assembly Majority Leader Marco Antonio Firebaugh. He also worked for then-Sen. Hilda Solis, now labor secretary, starting in 1996.

CAKE AND CANDLES: Assemblyman Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, turns 38 today.



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