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How ‘Orphans’ Could Decide Who Wins Elections In California

If polls are to be believed, Tuesday’s election will be decided by a small group of people. But if it is a low turnout election, entire races can be won or lost on just a few votes.

11/03/2014

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Reforms Create Competitive House Race In East Bay

80-year-old Pete Stark is used to coasting to re-election in the liberal enclave of the Bay Area he has represented since the end of the Vietnam War. All that has changed this year, as Californians deal with two major political reforms.

09/26/2012