Arnold Schwarzenegger's hits and misses
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California Special Elections( Christine Cotter / Los Angeles Times )
MISS: California Special Elections (2004)
The Los Angeles Times' web headline read: No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no. It was a resounding defeat of Schwarzenegger's government reform intiative, the centerpiece being Proposition 76, which sought to limit state spending. He spent a lot of time (campaigning around the state to get his initiatives passed), and a lot of money (investing over $7 million of his own money in the campaign).
He knew he was beaten, and seemed to acknowledge that his 'Year of Reform' focused on the wrong issues, but he didn't go out whimpering. "Win or lose, we have to put this behind us," he said. "I don't think anybody should be taking a victory lap."