Big spenders, as usual, end up on top in election

Nov 6, 2014 5:06 PM by News Staff

Picking the winners on Election Day in California was easy.

As usual, in most cases it was the candidate or cause with the most money.

Hundreds of millions of dollars in spending affirmed the power of deep pockets in California politics.

Statewide polling this summer found most voters supported Proposition 46, which called for lifting a decades-old cap on courtroom damages for medical negligence.

But a coalition of doctors and insurance companies raised $60 million that bought a torrent of negative ads.

It lost by a wide margin Tuesday. Supporters were outspent by more than 6-to-1.

But cash doesn't always deliver.

A surprise this year came in the Central Valley, where unofficial returns show Democratic Rep. Jim Costa trailing dairy farmer Johnny Tacherra. Costa outspent his opponent about 3-to-1.

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