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Winners and losers in Tuesday's election

Winners

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger

Why?

Voters upheld his Indian gambling deals. Presidential candidate John McCain, whom he endorsed, took the state's Republican primary.

What's next?

Casino deals will yield hundreds of millions of dollars for state coffers. An association with McCain could boost his national political profile.

But . . .

He backed a change in term limits for legislators; voters said no.

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa

Why?

City voters listened to him, approving a $243-million telephone tax.

What's next?

Needs even more cash to keep city budget out of the red.

But . . .

He opposed the Indian gambling deals that voters approved.

Los Angeles Police Chief William Bratton

Why?

His support for the city's phone tax may have helped it pass.

What's next?

Will whoever wins the White House need an experienced law enforcement exec to head Homeland Security?

But . . .

City financial woes won't allow the major police expansion he wants.

Four Southern California Indian tribes

Why?

Voters allowed them 17,000 more slot machines worth billions of dollars.

What's next?

Could take years to expand fully, if they do so.

But . . .

Governor could negotiate more deals, increasing competition.

LOSERS

Assembly Speaker Fabian Nuñez and Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata, both Democrats

Why?

They raised copious cash for the campaign to change term limits, which would have allowed them run for the Legislature again.

What's next?

Term limits end their tenure in December; both are lame ducks.

But . . .

Both men hope to anoint a successor.

Maria Elena Durazo

Why?

The leader of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor and hotel workers union fought to block the Indian gambling compacts, whose labor provisions antagonized unions.

What's next?

She'll continue to try to unionize casino employees.

But . . .

Durazo remains a powerful figure in state politics.

Community colleges

Why?

Voters rejected a ballot measure to guarantee them more funding.

What's next?

The governor wants their budgets cut by 10%.

But . . .

Backers of the ballot measure will fight the cuts in the Legislature.

Hollywood Park and Bay Meadows racetracks

Why?

They spent millions trying to overturn the Indian gambling deals.

What's next?

Hollywood Park may be replaced with houses and shops if the state does not give it money from tribes' slot machines.

But . . .

The property may be worth much more if redeveloped; racing attendance has fallen.

-- Patrick McGreevy, Times staff writer

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