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Election Day arrives after barrage of negative ads

File photo: A stack of vote-by-mail ballots sit on a table prior to being sorted at the San Francisco Department of Elections January 24, 2008 in San Francisco, California.
File photo: A stack of vote-by-mail ballots sit on a table prior to being sorted at the San Francisco Department of Elections January 24, 2008 in San Francisco, California.
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Polls are open across Southern California from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m.

Voters will decide who’ll succeed Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Democrat Jerry Brown, 72, who was governor before in the 1970s and 1980s, is seeking to return to the office. He faces Republican Meg Whitman, 54, the former head of eBay. It’s her first run for office.

Its also Carly Fiorina’s first time in the political arena. The former Hewlett-Packard chief and Republican nominee is challenging three term Democratic U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer in a race that's attracted national attention as the GOP tries to take over a majority of the seats in the Senate.

Voters are also deciding on a new state attorney general. The race features L.A District Attorney Steve Cooley, a Republican, running against San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris, a Democrat.

Nine propositions appear on the ballot.

Prop 19 would legalize marijuana use for people 21 and older.

Prop 23 would suspend regulations reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Proposition 25 would allow the state legislature to pass a budget by a simple majority vote, instead of a two-thirds super-majority.

Voters will also decide on races for lieutenant governor, state insurance commissioner and secretary of state.