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Welcome to a special California primary edition of Essential Politics. We're tracking state politics and happenings in government on our regular Essential Politics news feed.

  • Secretary of State Alex Padilla reported on Friday afternoon that some 2.4 million votes remain uncounted from the statewide primary.
  • A state lawmaker wants to open up California's presidential primaries to all voters.
  • After four years, voters and candidates are still getting used to the state's top-two primary system.
  • Kamala Harris has nabbed first place and Loretta Sanchez second place in California's U.S. Senate primary, according to AP. The two Democrats will face off in a November runoff .

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Wednesday's big question: How many uncounted California ballots?

 (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
(Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

Tuesday may be in the record books, but the new day in California arrives without a full tally of votes cast in the state's presidential primary.

And that wasn't unexpected.

With California's evolution to a state where most voters cast their ballots by mail, political watchers have concluded that election day has turned into election week .

The independent Target Book, a publication that handicaps congressional and legislative races, called it "probable" that as many as 3 million ballots could remain uncounted by time Tuesday night ended. And traditionally, said the analysts, those ballots tend to have come from Democrats, young and Latino voters.

As of early Wednesday morning, about 5 million ballots had already been counted, but there was no official word on how many remained. State election law gives counties 30 days to finish their canvassing of votes cast. Secretary of State Alex Padilla must receive certified results from each of California's 58 counties by July 8.


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