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Anthony J. Portantino

What you need to know about California's legislative races after the primary

What you need to know about California's legislative races after the primary

Although California’s top-of-the-ticket races were said to be decided before voters even walked into the polls Tuesday, the show had to go on for the many legislative races at stake.

Voters sorted through an array of candidates, in some cases choosing from half a dozen or more, to set the stage for matchups in November.

With 26 seats up for grabs this election cycle, interest groups stepped up spending in hopes of influencing the competitive landscape.

Outside groups including oil companies, education advocates, unions and business groups have spent nearly $29 million, a record for the June primary that far outstripped the $16.7 million in...

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