Democrats take House, state supermajority

Rebecca Neipp

News Review Staff Writer

Outcomes in federal and state elections saw the Democrats gaining control in the House of Representatives, and capture what most believe will be a supermajority in both upper and lower levels of the state legislature.

Democratic U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein captured 54.3 percent of the vote to beat former Democratic State Sen. Kevin De Leon.

Although only 97 of the 100 Senate seats had been declared at press time, Republicans maintained a tiny majority with 51 seats. Democrats currently hold 44, with other parties holding 2 and another 2 more remaining unsettled.

Closer to home, Republican Kevin McCarthy captured 66.5 percent of the vote to beat Democratic challenger Tatiana Matta.

However, the broader congressional results carried a note of disappointment to many in conservative-leaning Kern County. With the retirement of Speaker Paul Ryan, many anticipated the Majority Leader McCarthy would succeed his colleague as Speaker, had the Republicans managed to maintain control of the House.

At press time, 419 of 435 seats had been declared in the house, with the Democrats capturing 223 (51.3 percent of the vote), and Republicans held 196 (45.1 percent).

State elections went mostly as projected, with Democrat Gavin Newsom handily winning the governor seat with 59.3 percent of the vote, versus Republican John Cox with 40.7 percent of the vote.

Republican Shannon Grove won 66.9 percent of the vote, facing Democrat Ruth Musser-Lopez, to be elected State Senator of the 16th District.

Republican Vince Fong won a second term in the 34th Assembly District, earning 73 percent of the vote against Democrat Nick Nicita.

Other state winners include:

Lt. Governor — Eleni Kounalakis (D)

Secretary of State — Alex Padilla (D)

Controller — Betty T. Yee (D)

Treasurer — Fiona Ma (D)

Attorney General — Xavier Becerra (D)

Insurance Commissioner — Ricardo Lara (D)

Superintendent of School Instruction — Marshall Tuck (D)

Six of the state’s 11 ballot measures passed, including:

Prop 1 — Bonds to fund veterans and affordable housing

Prop 2 — Amend Existing Housing Program for Mental Illness

Prop 4 — Bond for Children’s Hospital Construction

Prop 7 — Change Daylight Savings Time Period

Prop 11 — Emergency Ambulance Employees on-call

Prop 12 — Farm Animals Confinement Standards

Voters did not approve five initiatives, including:

Prop 3 — Bond for Water and Environmental Projects

Prop 5 — Senior Property Reduction

Prop 6 — Repeal of Fuel Tax Approved by Voters

Prop 8 — Regulates Kidney Dialysis Treatment Charges

Prop 10 — Rental Control on Residential Property

Proposition 9 was pulled from the ballot.

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Story First Published: 2018-11-09