November 5, 2008
As the Country Goes, So Goes California
California completes the trend nationwide: abortion ballot measures lose, marriage measures win.
Both were tight: with 92 percent of the ballots counted, California's parental notification measure failed by less than 500,000 votes (out of nearly 10 million).
Proposition 8, which revokes same-sex marriage, is even tighter, winning by 363,639 votes (a 3.6 point margin). This is going to be a huge story today, since it's the first time that a state has barred same-sex marriage after allowing it.
Not close at all was California's measure regulating livestock confinement, which passed by almost a 2-to-1 margin.