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California's $15 billion school improvement bond measure falters on Super Tuesday

Polls closed in California at 8 p.m. On top of the Democratic Presidential primary, there was a major education funding measure on the ballot.

Posted: Mar 3, 2020 8:19 PM
Updated: Mar 4, 2020 10:46 AM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The polls closed in California at 8 p.m. on Super Tuesday, but results were only beginning to trickle in as the votes continued to be counted. By Wednesday, the California Secretary of State's Office reported that all precincts were reporting in, though results are not yet considered official.

For the much-anticipated "Super Tuesday" presidential primary, the state had 415 delegates at stake — the biggest haul on the electoral map.

Aside from the Democratic Presidential primary that has quickly narrowed to a heated race between former Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Bernie Sanders, voters were weighing in on Proposition 13 — a statewide measure aimed at funding improvements at education facilities in the state.


RELATED: $15 billion bond measure for California public schools will be on Tuesday's ballot


California statewide

With only a fraction of precincts reporting, Sen. Sanders was the early leader in California, trailed by former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg and then Biden. The Associated Press made an early projection that Sanders would win California.

By Wednesday, Biden had pulled ahead of Bloomberg with nearly 25 percent of the vote. However, Sanders was the clear winner with 33.6 percent. It was one of only a few clear victories for Sanders on Super Tuesday after Biden made a surprising sweep of most of the states up for grabs.

Meanwhile, Proposition 13 was roundly rejected by voters with the early results. Early in the night, more than 60 percent of voters were against the measure. That slipped to almost 56 percent by Wednesday, but still represents certain failure for the effort to fund improvements at public schools in the state.

Proposition 13 would have authorized the state to sell $15 billion in general bonds to fund different school projects, including for community and state colleges. The state would take that $740 million from the general fund toward paying the bonds down each year, over the course of about 35 years. The bonds would also cost an estimated $11 billion in interest accumulated over time.

The California Legislative Analyst's Office estimated that paying down the bonds would account for about one-half of one percent of the state's current budget.

Siskiyou County

In Siskiyou County, with about 35 percent of precincts reporting, almost 34 percent of Democratic voters chose Sanders, giving him a significant lead over the other candidates in the County.

Though there were several other Republican candidates on the ballot in Siskiyou County, Donald Trump received a commanding 96 percent of votes.

Siskiyou County voters approved Doug Lamalfa for U.S. Representative in California's 1st District. Voters chose Brian Dahle for state Senator, District 1 and his wife Megan Dahle for Assembly Member, District 1.

Several candidates for Siskiyou County Supervisor saw clear leads in their separate races. Brandon Criss, Ed Valenzuela, and Nancy Ogren came out ahead in the preliminary results.

Elaine Mellon saw significant support for director of the Hornbrook Community Services District, although the position allowed for two choices. Raegan Duncan was the person with the next most votes, narrowly edging out three other candidates.

With all precincts reporting, Measure A — a lodging tax intended to raise money for County infrastructure — passed after receiving about 54 percent in favor and 46 percent against.

Proposition 13 received a significant 67 percent "no" vote from Siskiyou County voters.


This article will be updated with more definitive results once they come in from the California Secretary of State's Office.

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