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THE NOONER for November 9, 2012

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Below the jump...with 46 counties reporting, there are over 3.2 million uncounted ballots. Expect the first round of ballot-counting updates this afternoon. They are being loaded every fifteen minutes on

Before I jump into what's connecting my synapses this morning, let me thank the amazing paid subscribers and advertisers (including this week's Shaw/Yoder/Antwih) of The Nooner. They enable me to obtain data, get through paywalls, and hopefully deliver a product both here and on AroundTheCapitol that you might not otherwise get. MUAH!

AD32: Based on the fact that Kings County has no significant absentees to count while Kern has 32,000, it is reasonable to project that Rudy Salas will win AD32. As long as Sharon Quirk-Silva holds on to her 1,237 lead in AD65, which is very likely, that is 54 votes (two-thirds) for John Perez's majority in the Assembly.

As I tweeted from 30,000 feet flying to the OC, given the absentee ballot reports and the fact that most of us believe outstanding ballots will mirror election day, I am predicting no changes in final results, even in the razor thin races. Of course, Betsy Butler or Dan Lungren are the closest to prove me wrong. 

I'm still digesting and weeding through data on the impact of young voters. Obviously, as I said before the election, I think Field Poll (and every other pre-election poll) was low on its projection that 18-29yos would compose 12% of the turnout (10% VBM, 15% polling place), but I would also say that I think the exit poll conducted for the consortia of media outlets probably overstated it at 28% of the voters on Prop 30. That said, I will unequivocally say that if 18-29yos turned out in the levels that Field projected, Prop. 30 would have failed.

Here are a couple of good articles, and not just because they quote me or The Nooner:

While I've held off from proclaiming "Losers," one would be the people that fund voter registration drives and the firms they employ. There's been a lot of attention to the Republican-funded voter registration drive in Riverside County. Between the May 21 close of registration and the October 22 close of registration, the GOP added 39,519 voters to its Riverside county roll (11.4%). Democrats added 32,562 (10.5%). Republicans increased their voter registration margin in the county over Dems from 4.1% to 4.5%. Not a huge margin increase, but as the voter registration numbers across the state were uniformly bad for the GOP, it was good news.

However, as with any political trend, there were accusations of fraud that can only be measured by performance. And, the news isn't good for Republicans. In fact, in every competitive seat for the GOP in Riverside County, it lost, and not by small margins. Here were the big races as they currently stand:

  • CD36 - Ruiz (D) over Bono Mack (R) by 2.8% (Dem registration +12.3%)
  • CD41 - Takano (D) over Tavaglione (R) by 13.6% (Dem registration +14.5%)
  • SD31 - Roth (D) over Miller (R) by 7.2% (Dem registration +13.6%)
  • AD61 - Medina (D) over Batey (R) by 17.6% (Dem registration +14.9%)

Those are phenomenonal numbers. There are several possibilities, such as lots of Republicans staying home, independents breaking 80% for the Democrats, or something else. I don't have enough time to dive too deeply into this yet (nor do we have the data yet), but it's a great project for a UC Riverside poli sci major.

FREE ADVICE: Comprehensive immigration reform, emerging as a very significant possibility in Washington and even if led by Speaker Boehner, won't help the California GOP recover without significant changes to the state party. Expect to see a lot more of new GOP Assemblymembers Rocky Chavez and Melissa Melendez (notably, both moderates who beat conservatives), and expect Tim Donnelly's mic to be cut.

MORE FREE ADVICE: How Proposition 30 and 32 killed the Republicans [Tony Quinn @ Fox and Hounds]

OUCH: And, I was concerned about my investment performance. [Sunlight finds American Crossroads with a 1.29% ROI and only 14.40% for the Crossroads Grassroots Strategy that played in California congressional races]

GET OVER IT: For my Republican friends--unfurl yourself from the fetal position and get out from beneath your desk. The Democratic Party has been declared far more than the GOP. You just have to get beyond "faith" and "feeling" (not religious) and be objective. Your base is shrinking. Don't try to convince the people who are walking away that they are wrong. Find ways to appeal to them, and they will come home.



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This table is available with regular updates on my results page. Click on the "Get Unprocessed Ballots" link on the left above "Statewide Measures" and it will appear. Of those not listed below, Alpine, Glenn and Sierra have completed counting all ballots, while the others have not provided an estimate of unprocessed ballots.

Unprocessed Ballots

CountyAbsentees LeftProvisionals LeftOthers LeftTotal Left
Alameda 100,000 42,000 0 142,000 left of 142,000 initially reported.
Amador 2,046 392 0 2,438 left of 2,438 initially reported.
Calaveras 2,586 566 271 3,423 left of 3,423 initially reported.
Contra Costa 82,271 23,692 0 105,963 left of 105,963 initially reported.
Del Norte 477 230 0 707 left of 707 initially reported.
El Dorado 13,400 2,400 20 15,820 left of 15,820 initially reported.
Fresno 69,000 24,000 5,000 98,000 left of 98,000 initially reported.
Humboldt 6,257 2,580 686 9,523 left of 9,523 initially reported.
Imperial 8,000 4,100 384 12,484 left of 12,484 initially reported.
Kern 32,002 14,803 3,077 49,882 left of 49,882 initially reported.
Kings 35 1,500 0 1,535 left of 1,535 initially reported.
Lake 5,339 1,111 254 6,704 left of 6,704 initially reported.
Lassen 1,484 252 0 1,736 left of 1,736 initially reported.
Los Angeles 454,171 321,875 20,000 796,046 left of 796,046 initially reported.
Madera 4,859 2,339 51 7,249 left of 7,249 initially reported.
Marin 40,000 5,000 1,000 46,000 left of 46,000 initially reported.
Mariposa 864 348 45 1,257 left of 1,257 initially reported.
Mendocino 16,767 1,029 0 17,796 left of 17,796 initially reported.
Merced 8,879 2,857 25 11,761 left of 11,761 initially reported.
Modoc 38 3 0 41 left of 41 initially reported.
Monterey 37,257 8,023 3,500 48,780 left of 48,780 initially reported.
Napa 18,000 1,226 3,000 22,226 left of 22,226 initially reported.
Nevada 15,750 1,899 846 18,495 left of 18,495 initially reported.
Orange 139,742 78,394 6,200 224,336 left of 224,336 initially reported.
Placer 34,904 6,367 1,819 43,090 left of 43,090 initially reported.
Plumas 592 316 0 908 left of 908 initially reported.
Riverside 105,000 60,000 18,000 183,000 left of 183,000 initially reported.
Sacramento 162,000 31,000 0 193,000 left of 193,000 initially reported.
San Benito 5,227 568 270 6,065 left of 6,065 initially reported.
San Diego 375,000 90,000 10,000 475,000 left of 475,000 initially reported.
San Francisco 33,729 17,558 2,069 53,356 left of 53,356 initially reported.
San Joaquin 33,729 17,558 2,069 53,356 left of 53,356 initially reported.
San Luis Obispo 21,983 6,533 1,593 30,109 left of 30,109 initially reported.
San Mateo 38,533 18,736 3,000 60,269 left of 60,269 initially reported.
Santa Barbara 32,600 10,364 1,712 44,676 left of 44,676 initially reported.
Santa Clara 180,000 35,000 1,300 216,300 left of 216,300 initially reported.
Santa Cruz 36,500 8,700 1,200 46,400 left of 46,400 initially reported.
Shasta 16,000 2,500 1,500 20,000 left of 20,000 initially reported.
Solano 21,019 14,113 527 35,659 left of 35,659 initially reported.
Stanislaus 37,400 11,350 50 48,800 left of 48,800 initially reported.
Sutter 8,158 1,131 2 9,291 left of 9,291 initially reported.
Tehama 4,409 647 876 5,932 left of 5,932 initially reported.
Trinity 392 149 541 1,082 left of 1,082 initially reported.
Tulare 18,350 8,950 2,000 29,300 left of 29,300 initially reported.
Ventura 47,894 15,000 225 63,119 left of 63,119 initially reported.
Yolo 10,565 4,722 402 15,689 left of 15,689 initially reported.


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Many Eyes Still On The Ballots
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Local Votes Of Confidence: Most Bonds, Parcel Taxes Pass
John Fensterwald @
Now that Democrats in the Assembly and Senate are on the verge of gaining a supermajority, they may soon be in a position to put before voters a constitutional amendment lowering the threshold for parcel taxes to 55 percent, just as it is for school construction bonds.

Prop. 30 Win Gives Jerry Brown Major Boost
Evan Halper and Anthony York @
Victory on his tax measure offers Gov. Jerry Brown more clout to tackle other issues he cares about.

Connie Conway Re-elected As Assembly GOP Leader
Jim Sanders @
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Advocates Hope High Latino Voter Turnout Will Lead To Immigration Policy Changes
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Carl Cohn and Louis Freedberg @
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Rina Palta @
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In Light Of Election Results Is Tax Reform Possible? :: Fox&hounds
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Moody's Says Proposition 30 Passage A Boost To School Credit
Kevin Yamamura @
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Buoyed By Wins In Other States, California Gay Marriage Activists Look To Courts -- Not Ballot Box -- For Change
Local @
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Dan Walters @
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Kevin Yamamura @
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Noam N. Levey, Washington Bureau @
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Romney Campaign Gives Up In Florida
David Lauter @
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Boehner: Obamacare is law of the land, Ryan not the GOP leader
Lisa Mascaro @
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John Ellis @
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Bettina Boxall @
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Peter Schrag @
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