The Madeleine Brand Show for June 6, 2012

Voters approve term limits for state lawmakers, Walker wins in Wisconsin

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Cong. Brad Sherman celebrates with supporters outside his election night party in Encino on Tuesday.

In a statewide primary that tested incumbent strength after election reforms, voters largely stuck with established names Tuesday, setting up several contests in which members of the same party will face off this fall.

Turnout for the election though was just 22 percent. In Los Angeles, voter numbers were even lower at just 17 percent.

Here is Pasadena, many people KPCC spoke with didn't vote. Reporter Josie Huang checked in with people Wednesday during the morning commute at the Fillmore Metro station in Pasadena.

"I really didn’t know we were supposed to vote yesterday. I went hiking," said Roger Darshan, a Metro worker who lives in Lawndale.

Those who did vote approved term limits for state lawmakers and it looks like they rejected higher cigarette taxes. Those votes are still being counted.

It's a victory for tobacco companies who poured nearly $47 million into the "No on 28" campaign.

That's about four times what supporters raised.

And, speaking of money, millions were poured into Wisconsin to keep Gov. Scott Walker in office. Walker defeated Democrat Tom Barrett by a comfortable margin.

Guest:

Jack Pitney is a professor of government at Claremont McKenna College.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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