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Obama, Feinstein projected to win in California; counting begins

November 6, 2012 |  8:47 pm
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Results are beginning to come in for races across California.

You can follow the results with this interactive graphic.

President Obama was expected to carry California, and Sen. Dianne Feinstein was expected to win reelection.

LIVE RESULTS: California election | National election

Many races could be decided within hours. But in extremely close contests, it could take days or even weeks for a winner to be declared. Statewide tallies can be found at the California secretary of state's elections website and county election office websites.

The California ballot also included 11 statewide initiatives, including Proposition 30, Gov. Jerry Brown's measure for a tax increase that he said will stave off major cuts to school funding. Voters also faced a decision on whether to repeal the state death penalty, and whether to eliminate unions' primary political fundraising tool: deductions from members' paychecks.

PHOTOS: California voters head to polls

There were more than 300 local ballot measures in cities, counties and school districts across the state, most of them to increase taxes or approve school bonds.

This election had an unusually large number of competitive races for California's 53 congressional seats, and the outcome could play a role in whether Republicans or Democrats control the House of Representatives.

One hundred seats in the California Legislature were at stake. Democrats are hoping to win a two-thirds supermajority in state Senate. A two-thirds vote of each house is required to raise taxes and overturn gubernatorial vetoes, among other actions. Neither party is expected to win a supermajority in the Assembly, however.

Full coverage of the propositions can be found on PolitiCal, The Times' California politics blog.

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-- Phil Willon
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Photo: Jerry Brown talks with Yes on 30 supporters after voting at Fire Station 6 in Oakland. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

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