In a race that’s been too close to call since election day, Vista Republican Rep. Darrell Issa appears to have built an insurmountable lead in his bid for reelection over Democratic challenger Doug Applegate.
Issa led by 2,348 votes as of Monday morning — less than 1% of the overall vote.
San Diego County spokesman Michael Workman said Monday that there are an estimated 1,000 ballots left to count in the race for California’s 49th Congressional District. That will make it practically impossible for Applegate, a retired U.S. Marine colonel, to close the gap.
More than two weeks after election day, county officials across California have nearly 1.5 million ballots that have yet to be checked or counted.
Roughly 44% of the official total — 1,466,308 — were in Los Angeles and San Diego counties. State officials said the count could be static for days because of the Thanksgiving holiday break.
Two pending ballot races were called by the Associated Press on Wednesday: Voters narrowly rejected Proposition 53, an effort that sought to force statewide votes to fund a major water project and the future of high-speed rail. And they narrowly approved Proposition 66, which aims to speed up the death penalty.
Christina Bellantoni, The Times' assistant managing editor of politics, speaks with L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti and San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer at the Essential Politics post-election symposium on Nov. 17 in downtown Los Angeles. More coverage at latimes.com/essentialpolitics
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San Diego's Republican Mayor Kevin Faulconer and Los Angeles' Democratic Mayor Eric Garcetti joined The Times' Christina Bellantoni for a post-election symposium to discuss just that. Here are some highlights.
Proposition 58, which overhauls English-only instruction in California, cruised to victory on election night, granting public schools more power to develop and implement their own bilingual and multilingual programs. But it will now be up to parents and teachers to make that happen.
That could prove challenging, given the troubled legacy of bilingual education in the state and as schools continue to grapple with teacher and funding shortages.
Less than 5% of public schools offer bilingual and multilingual programs, though there are now 1.4 million English learners statewide — about 80% of whom speak only Spanish.
California voters have chosen to approve a ballot proposition that seeks to speed up the death penalty process, a late count of ballots has shown.
Proposition 66 intends to speed up executions by designating trial courts to hear petitions challenging death row convictions, limiting successive petitions and expanding the pool of lawyers who could take on death penalty appeals. As of Monday, the proposition was leading with 51.3% of the vote and on Tuesday, an Associated Press tally of votes found the proposition had received enough votes to pass.
Speculation over a potential last-minute push on a transportation funding plan ended Tuesday, when Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders declared there would be no lame-duck negotiations this month.
The current two-year session of the Legislature officially ends on Nov. 30, and lawmakers have left talks on a multi-billion transportation plan in limbo since adjourning in August.
Brown joined Senate President pro Tem Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount) in ending any speculation of a late effort to bring current lawmakers back to the state Capitol.