Statement of California Democratic Party Chairman John Burton on Results of 2012 Election

We are proud to congratulate President Barack Obama and Senator Dianne Feinstein on their re-election victories.

But we're especially proud of our volunteers and field staff from across California that worked day and very late into the night, for months, to defeat Proposition 32 and pass Proposition 30 to stop the cuts to education.

And that's not the only bit of great news we have here.

Votes are still being tabulated in several Congressional Districts but it's looking like we racked up at least four and as many as six "swing" districts here in California. Simply put: that is an amazing feat. It will help Leader Pelosi return to Congress with a stronger hand and wider base of support to take on Speaker Boehner and the Republicans who seem as committed to their obstructionist agenda as ever.

Then, late on Election Night we learned that Democrats have at last won a 2/3 majority in the Legislature. That means Governor Brown and Democrats in the Legislature will no longer be held hostage to the whims and demands of a super-minority of Republicans set on impeding progress on the issues that matter to Californians.

Our victories extended down to the local level. In San Diego, we helped elect the first Democratic mayor since 1988 as Bob Filner defeated Carl DeMaio.

California Democrats put it all on the line and came up aces this election year.

We didn't do it alone.

Our volunteers, our contributors, our staff and especially our candidates worked hard to ensure victories across the state.

This victory belongs to them.

 

 

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