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On election day, Gov. Jerry Brown goes hiking

November 6, 2012 |  3:34 pm

Brown voting

When all the campaigning is over, politicians need to find a way to keep busy while they begin the long wait for election results. President Obama is sticking to his good-luck ritual, a game of basketball.

Gov. Jerry Brown, on the other hand, headed north to Colusa County for some hiking with his wife.

"The only creatures I expect to see are wild boar, rattlesnake and hopefully a few elk," the governor said after casting his ballot in Oakland.

The land has been part of his family's history for generations. Brown’s great-grandfather immigrated to the United States from Germany, then traveled by covered wagon to California.

He settled in Colusa County and started a ranch, where Brown’s grandmother was born in 1878. Today, Brown remains a part-owner of the ranch.

A spokesman for the governor said he will return to Sacramento on Tuesday night to wait for election results.

Brown has been promoting Proposition 30, his tax-hike plan. The ballot measure would prevent billions of dollars in cuts to public schools by increasing the sales tax by a quarter-cent for four years and raising income taxes on the wealthy by one to three percentage points for seven years.

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-- Chris Megerian in Sacramento
twitter.com/chrismegerian

Photo: Gov. Jerry Brown thanks supporters of Proposition 30 after casting his ballot in Oakland on Tuesday. Credit: Laura A. Oda / Oakland Tribune

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