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ballot_box.JPGAfter months of campaigning, tens of millions of dollars in outside spending and plenty of hand-wringing over whether turnout would reach a new low, California's 2014 primary election is finally upon us.

Across the state today, voters (though probably not very many of them) will be selecting the top two candidates for eight statewide offices, 100 legislative seats and 53 congressional races, as well deciding the fates of two propositions and countless local initiatives, county supervisor positions and judgeships.

Capitol Alert will be bringing you results, analysis and video all night long on sacbee.com. Check back for complete coverage after the polls close at 8 p.m.

If you're still figuring out who to vote for, all of The Bee's candidate profiles, campaign dispatches and ad watches are available at our election hub. Christopher Cadelago has more about eight legislative races and seven congressional races to watch, exclusively on our Insider Edition app.

VIDEO: Despite the lack of interest, there's plenty at stake in today's primary election, Dan Walters says.

ON DUTY: Most legislators will be back in their districts today for last-minute campaigning and election results parties. The Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee, however, will be at the Capitol this morning for an informational hearing on developing a long-term expenditure plan for the state's cap-and-trade program, 9:30 a.m. in Room 4203.

HIGH AND DRY: California's severe drought has led the state to order thousands of water agencies and users to stop pumping directly from streams, a drastic response that hasn't occurred since 1977. Many of them will now look to backup supplies, such as groundwater, though plenty of difficult decisions are left to be made. The State Board of Food and Agriculture discusses how to improve the management of California's groundwater supply, which will be particularly crucial for the agricultural industry in this dry year, 10 a.m. at the California Department of Food and Agriculture building on N Street.

THE GONG SHOW: Members of Falun Gong, the spiritual movement that has been banned in China for heresy, hold an art exhibition on the north steps of the Capitol from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. showcasing work that highlights how the discipline has impacted their lives and the treatment of practitioners by the Chinese government.

LEAD THE WAY: Among the controversial gun control legislation that Gov. Jerry Brown signed last year was a bill that bans lead ammunition in hunting. The Department of Fish and Wildlife holds a public meeting in Eureka, 7 p.m. at the Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center, to discuss its implementation plan for the ban, which must be in place by July 1, 2019.

PHOTO: Voters cast their ballots inside the County Registrar's office in downtown Modesto on November 5, 2012. The Modesto Bee/Elias Funez



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