The 2016 election was certainly one of the most contentious elections in history. With 279 electoral votes, Donald Trump won the presidential election against all the polls predicting that Hillary Clinton would prevail. The Republicans were able to hold on to majorities in both the U.S. House and Senate, keeping the Republicans in total control at the national level.
At the state level, the Governor will be appointing a new state Attorney General with the election of Democrat Kamala Harris winning over Loretta Sanchez, taking the U.S. Senate seat held by Barbara Boxer. It is anticipated that a number of candidates will be lining up for the position.
Legislature Battle Ground Districts
Before election night, Democrats held powerful majorities in both houses. 52 democrats and 28 republicans in Assembly. 26 Democrats and 13 Republicans in Senate (plus one vacancy).
In the Assembly, the Democrat leadership needed two seats to regain the supermajority
- AD 16 - Catharine Baker(R) kept seat over challenger Cheryl Cook-Kallio
- AD 35 - Jordan Cunningham (R) beat Dawn Ortiz-Legg
- AD 36 - Tom Lackey (R) kept seat over challenger Steve Fox
- AD 38 - Dante Acosta (R) beat Christy Smith
- AD 40 - Marc Steinorth (R) kept seat over challenger Abigail Medina
- AD 60 - Challenger Sabrina Cervantes (D) beat Incumbent Eric Linder
- AD 65 - Challenger Sharon Quirk-Silva (D) beat incumbent Young Kim
- AD 66 - Challenger Al Muratsuchi (D) beat incumbent David Hadley
In the Senate, the Democrats needed to pick up one seat to regain the supermajority.
- SD 5 - Cathleen Galgiani (D) kept seat over challenger Alan Nakanishi
- SD 25 - Anthony Portantino (D) beat Mike Antonovich
- SD 21 - Scott Wilk (R) Beat Jonathon Ervin
- SD 27 - Henry Stern (D) beat Steve Fazio
- SD 29 - Ling Ling Chang (R) beat Josh Newman (3887)
This means Democrats hold supermajority in Assembly and majority in Senate. There are Assembly democratic caucus dynamics that must be considered despite the recently won supermajority.
State Propositions of Interest to AGC
The AGC Issues PAC was successful in supporting Proposition 51, which will allow the state to sell $9 billion in general obligation bonds for new construction and modernization of education facilities. Only a simple majority was needed, allowing the proposition to pass with 54% of the vote.
The Issues PAC took an early position and opposed Proposition 53, which would have required voter approval of revenue bonds, that lost with over 51% of the vote against it.
Voters approved Proposition 54, a legislative transparency measure that prohibits lawmakers from passing any bill unless its publicized 72-hours before vote, with 64% of the vote.
The AGC Issues PAC supported the local sales tax measures with mixed results. Requiring 66.67% or majority vote only half of the 14 local measures passed, including:
- Los Angeles Measures M with 69.82%
- Monterey Measure X with 67.36%
- Merced Measure V with 69.15%
- San Francisco Proposition J with 66.4% (majority vote)
- Santa Clara Measure B with 70.93%
- Santa Cruz Measure D with 67.12%
- Stanislaus Measure L with 70.58%.
- BART’s Measure RR, a $3.5 billion BART Bond also passed.
Unfortunately, at this point, measures in San Diego, Ventura, San Luis Obispo, Humboldt, Sacramento, Placer and Contra Costa have fallen short of the 66.67% required to be a successful measure.
Some of the results may change as absentee and provisional votes continue to be tallied. Full election results on all
statewide measures and
county measures can be found on the Secretary of State’s website at