GOP strategy pays off with legislative victories

Nov 8, 2014 1:39 PM by News Staff

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California Republicans made a strategic decision this year to focus on a handful of state legislative races to block Democrats from gaining a supermajority.

That strategy paid off Tuesday when the GOP protected its most competitive legislative races while ousting incumbent Democrats for the first time in 20 years.

The gains prevented Democrats from regaining supermajority status in the Senate and in the Assembly. A party holding two-thirds of the seats can raise taxes or override gubernatorial vetoes without support from the minority party.

Democrats enjoy a voter registration advantage of 15 percentage points.

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