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Southern California politics: Election results and implications




Gov. Jerry Brown, accompanied by his wife, Anne Gust Brown, smiles as he talks to reporters outside the Old Governors Mansion State Historic Park after winning re-election  Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014.   Brown defeated Republican challenger Neel Kashari to  becomes the first person to be elected governor four times.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
Gov. Jerry Brown, accompanied by his wife, Anne Gust Brown, smiles as he talks to reporters outside the Old Governors Mansion State Historic Park after winning re-election Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014. Brown defeated Republican challenger Neel Kashari to becomes the first person to be elected governor four times.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
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We start with the latest political developments in our very own backyard.

Southern California Public Radio political reporters Alice Walton and Kitty Felde will be Take Two's guides for what happened in Tuesday's election and what it means for Southern California. 

Let's talk turnout - was it as dismal as the prognosticators said it would be?

Now to who won - and who didn't. State Senator Ted Lieu joins the Congressional ranks, having beat out Republican Elan Carr for Henry Waxman's seat. Not surprising I suppose since that leans pretty heavily Democratic. How close was this race in the end? So now that he is in, what can his constituents expect from him?

What about the LA County Board of Supervisors race? You have Bobby Shriver, nephew of John F. Kennedy, pitted against former state senator Shiela Kuehl - who was the big winner?

This is no surprise but Jim McDonnell is the new Sheriff of LA County. Take Two will talk to him later in the show but what will be his biggest challenge out of the gate?

On to the propositions. Prop 45, 46 and 48 got voted down - what happened there?

Let's look state-wide - another obvious win: Jerry Brown is still Governor of California having easily beat out Republican Neel Kashkari. Would you call it a landslide?

A race that was close was the one for state school superintendent - Tom Torlakson has kept the job. Now what was wild about this race is the amount of money spent - $30 million - and the race was between two Democrats. Why so heated?

Torlakson won pretty narrowly. What does this say about how voters are feeling about educational reform in this state?