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The votes have been cast. Here's a rundown of the latest from California statewide, congressional and legislative races, with thousands of mail and provisional ballots still to be counted from Tuesday's election.

Neel Kashkari, Alex Padilla, and Pete Peterson will advance to November while the outcome in other statewide races Tuesday remained uncertain.

Tom Torlakson and Marshall Tuck seem headed for a November showdown in the race for state superintendent of public instruction.

The race for state controller remains tight, with Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin holding a slight lead for the top slot

Democrat vs. Democrat runoffs loom in Sacramento-area legislative contests.

A major House battle is set for November, as Bera and Ose advance in the targeted 7th Congressional District.

And in other news:

ERASING 187: It's been almost 20 years since 59 percent of California voters approved Proposition 187, which banned most public services for people in the country illegally. Courts later deemed the law unconstitutional, but it remains on the books. Members of the Legislature's Latino and Asian and Pacific Islander legislative caucuses will announce a new bill to erase Prop. 187's language from the code books, 11:30 a.m. in Room 1190 of the Capitol. Attendees at the press conference, including state Sen. Kevin de León, D-Los Angeles, who began his political career organizing against Prop. 187, will also discuss two bills that would place advisory questions on the November ballot asking voters if Congress should pass an immigration overhaul with a pathway to citizenship and if the U.S. government should halt the deportations of noncriminal mothers and fathers of U.S.-born children.

CANDLES IN THE WIND: In-home caregivers funded by the state have waged a very public campaign this year to overturn a proposed cap on the number of hours they can work. As budget negotiations draw to a close, workers are making a final push to change Gov. Jerry Brown's mind. Tonight they'll hold a candlelight vigil with some of the seniors and people with disabilities that they serve, 7:30 p.m. on the south steps of the Capitol.

CRIMINAL MINDS: To address what they say is a rising criminal population in state hospitals since the implementation of California's three-strikes law, Assembly members Katcho Achadjian, R-San Luis Obispo, and Mariko Yamada, D-Davis, will discuss legislation that would establish enhanced treatment units for aggressive patients, 1 p.m. on the west steps of the Capitol.

DROUGHT BRIEFING: The California Department of Water Resources and the Water Education Foundation sponsor a day-long briefing on how the drought is affecting state water project operations, starting at 9:30 a.m. at the Convention Center on J Street. The event will cover how this year's drought compares to previous droughts, what actions are being implemented under Brown's drought emergency proclamation and expected operation conditions for water projects this summer.

PHOTO: Republican gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari speaks to reporters at the California Republican Party's biannual convention on March 15, 2014. The Sacramento Bee/David Siders


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