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Prop. 40, on state Senate districts, passes, per AP

November 6, 2012 | 10:12 pm

Proposition 40, a referendum to uphold newly drawn state Senate districts, has passed, according to the Associated Press. Passage means the boundaries drawn last year stand. 

The measure was the least controversial one on the ballot. Even the Republican interests that put it there, in an attempt to invalidate the Senate maps, did not campaign for it. 

In fact, they reversed themselves and urged voters to say “Yes.”

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Republican officials, believing the new districts could hurt some GOP candidates, had hoped the courts would block them. But the state Supreme Court ruled that they were properly drawn.

As a result, the Republican interests decided not to launch a campaign.

“Due to the State Supreme Court's ruling ... we have suspended our campaign,” Julie Vandermost, chairwoman of Fairness and Accountability in Redistricting, wrote in the official ballot pamphlet for the election.

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-- Patrick McGreevy in Sacramento

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