|By John Ellis, The Fresno Bee|
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But while it's decision day across
Statewide, the total might beat the historic low turnout of 28.2%, and it's not expected to be much higher in the Valley.
Even though the turnout is expected to be low, big decisions will be made in the election.
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In total, there are 39 contests on
City and county races will end today if there are two candidates, or if a hopeful in the multi-candidate race can win more than 50% of the vote. Otherwise, the top two finishers move on to November.
At the state level, Republicans
After today, only two will remain.
Brown is all but guaranteed to be one of them, with Donnelly and Kashkari likely fighting for the second spot on the November ballot. Many mainstream Republicans say if Donnelly, an outspoken critic of illegal immigration who has made some controversial comments on race issues, is the challenger, it could hurt the party not only in November, but in its effort to regain its traction with the state's voters.
"Most people now realize it would be a total disaster," longtime state political analyst and former Republican legislative aide
There are indications that Kashkari may have caught Donnelly, but Quinn didn't know if it was too late because voters have been casting ballots for a month.
A Donnelly win, Quinn said, would "definitely seriously endanger" both state Sen.
Besides governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, controller, treasurer, attorney general, insurance commissioner and state superintendent of public instruction are also up for grabs, with between three and eight candidates in each contest.
Besides Brown, Lt. Gov.
Secretary of State
Though she has to finish in the top two of the state controller's race to move on to November, Swearengin is already touted by many experts as the Republicans' best chance to win a statewide office in November. Five others are on the ballot, but Assembly Speaker Emeritus
Swearengin will start her day talking with people at the Chicken Pie Shop in the
At the state and congressional level, the top two finishers regardless of political party move on to November. Even if there are only two candidates, the ultimate winner still won't be decided until November.
That means in the 14th state
When all the votes are counted in the controller's race, it is expected that Swearengin will move on to November against either Pérez or Yee.
There's also two statewide initiatives -- both put on the ballot by the state Legislature. Neither is expected to drive up voter turnout, as initiatives sometimes can, Cummins said.
Proposition 41 would redirect
Prop. 42 would make it law that local governments comply with open records and open meeting laws -- even if the state isn't reimbursing them.
Locally, Measure A -- which needs a two-thirds majority for approval -- would renew for another 10 years
The money is for abatement and removal of abandoned, wrecked, dismantled or inoperative vehicles.
As of Monday afternoon,
"We're dialed in," Orth said.
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