2010 midterm election recap

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By Nita Gandhi / News editor, Kyle Crouse / Asst. news editor

By Nita Gandhi / News editor, Kyle Crouse / Asst. news editor

Governor

After a year-long political and media slug fest, California voters have finally had a chance to make their decisions for the 2010 election.

Democrat Jerry Brown, who previously was the governor from 1975 to 1983, has been voted as the governor-elect of California.

Despite the most expensive campaign in United States history, Republican candidate Meg Whitman’s bid for governor was unsuccessful. She conceded her defeat at 11:30 p.m. on Nov. 3.

In her concession speech, Whitman was humble but thankful.

“Tonight has not turned out quite as we had hoped. We’ve come up a little short, but certainly not for lack of hard work, determination, and a clear vision for making our state better,” Whitman said.

“It is time now for Californians to unite behind the common cause of turning around this state that we love,” she said.  

Jerry Brown gave his victory speech afterward, confident that he could turn the state’s misfortunes around.

“I see a California once again leading in renewable energy and public education,” Brown said.

Brown won with a voter count slightly over 4 million and 54 percent over Meg Whitman with a little more than 3 million votes and 41 percent.

The statistics are provided by the LA Times.  

Senate

As the Democratic party maintains a majority of seats in the United States senate, Democrat Barbara Boxer continues to hold on to her position for a fourth term representing the state of California.

In her victory speech, Boxer is willing to work with others no matter what their political views are for another term as senator.  

“Well I’ve been around a while, I’ve been in the minority, I’ve been in the majority, I’ve been in a small minority, big minority, so you just do what’s best for the people and as I’ve said in my statement tonight, everyone who’s willing to work to make life better for the American people whether they are an R or D or an Independent, I’m ready to work with them,” Boxer said.  

Republican candidate Carly Fiorina is the former CEO of Hewlett-Packard from 1999-2005.

She conceded on the morning of Nov. 3 in a news conference.

“This morning, the outcome is clear. I have spoken with Senator Boxer, congratulated her and wished her well,” Fiorina said.

Boxer defeated Fiorina with 52 percent of the vote.

Fiorina had 43 percent of the vote.

The statistics are provided by the LA Times.  

Congress

Republican Ken Calvert maintains his position as the representative for District 44 in the United States house, representing Riverside and Orange counties.

Calvert has served as the District 44 Congressman for the past 17 years, is a small business owner and a lifelong resident of Southern California.  

Calvert won with 57,259 voter count with 52.25 percent of the vote.  

Democrat Bill Hedrick has been a teacher for over 35 years and has served five terms as president on the Corona-Norco Board of Education.

Hedrick almost beat Calvert this year with 12,964 voter count with 40.67 percent of the vote.The statistics are provided by the Riverside County Registrar of Voters.  

Riverside City College Board of Trustees

Incumbents Virginia Blumenthal and Janet Green will maintain their positions on the Riverside Community College Board of Trustees. Newcomer Samuel Davis won the third and final seat on the Board.

Blumenthal is the current president of the Board and will remain a trustee for another four years. She is a lawyer in Riverside and a alumna of RCC.

Green is the current vice-president of the Board and she also will remain with the board for another four years. She is a former professor and administrator of San Bernardino Community College.

Davis is a teacher and this is his first time serving on the RCCD Board of Trustees.  

Blumenthal had the majority of the vote with 52,784 voter count and 21.34 percent.  

Green came in second with 37,496 voter count and 15.16 percent.  

Davis came in third with 33,017 voter count and 13.35 percent of the vote.  

The statistics are provided by the Riverside County Registrar of Voters.  

Propositions

19 – Legalize possession and sale of marijuana in California, not federal- No

20 – Redistricting of congressional districts – Yes

21 – State park vehicle license surcharge – No

22 – Prohibits state from borrowing or taking local funds, Constitutional Amendment – Yes

23 – Suspend implementation of air pollution control law (AB 32) – No

24 – Repeal legislation to lower business tax liability – No

25 – Change legislative vote to simple majority to pass budget-related legislation, Constitutional Amendment – Yes

26 – Require certain state and local fees to be approved by two-thirds vote, Constitutional Amendment – Yes

27 – Eliminate state redistricting commission, Constitutional Amendment – No

Measures

K – RCTC transportation projects – Yes

L – Voter approval of pension benefits – Yes

M – Voter approval of public pensions – Yes

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