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Today is a state holiday, Veterans Day observed, so the business of government promises to gallop at a glacier's pace.

If you're looking for the latest numbers in the Ami Bera-Dan Lungren race, for instance, Sacramento County election officials don't anticipate an update until Tuesday.

In other close races, Republican Peter Tateishi conceded to Democrat Ken Cooley on Friday in the 8th Assembly District, but there were a number of other Assembly contests still too close to call late last week.

Republicans were hoping for a reversal of fortunes in the 32nd District, where Democrat Rudy Salas was leading Republican Pedro Rios, and in the 65th District, where Democrat Sharon Quirk-Silva was leading Republican incumbent Chris Norby. Those are the two districts that Democrats say have pushed them to 54 seats, a two-thirds majority in the lower house.

Republicans held the edge in two other districts: the 36th, where Ron Smith was leading Democrat Steve Fox, and the 40th, where Republican incumbent Mike Morrell was leading Democrat Russ Warner.

Guaranteed Republican seats include the 5th District, where Frank Bigelow edged out former legislator Rico Oller, and the 67th District, where Melissa Melendez is leading Phil Paule.

Guaranteed Democratic seats include the 10th District, where Marc Levine was edging out incumbent Michael Allen; the 18th District, where Rob Bonta and Abel Guillen were battling it out; the 20th District, where Bill Quirk had an edge on Jennifer Ong; and the 50th District, where Richard Bloom was leading incumbent Betsy Butler.

Whoever prevails in those matchups, they feature a lot of new faces. So do the winners of the races that have already been called. By Capitol Alert's count, in fact, close to half of the Assembly members who'll get sworn in next month will need to learn where the rest rooms are. Stay tuned for more on who they all are.


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