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November 23, 1996 | DEBORAH SCHOCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ending more than two weeks of suspense, final vote tallies on Friday gave Assemblyman Jim Morrissey (R-Santa Ana) a 93-vote edge over Democratic challenger Lou Correa. The news dashed Democrats' hopes that newcomer Correa would succeed in an election upset like that of Loretta Sanchez, who defeated veteran Rep. Robert K. Dornan (R-Garden Grove) by 984 votes in the 46th Congressional District.
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NEWS
November 23, 1996
Teachers union official Scott Wildman won election to the state Assembly on Friday, eking out a victory in the closest legislative race in Los Angeles County to become the first Democratic legislator elected to the Glendale-Burbank area seat in six decades. In the last county race to be decided, Wildman's margin over GOP businessman John Geranios in the Nov. 5 balloting was 192 votes. The final count, released late Friday by the county registrar-recorder, was 49,452 votes (48.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 20, 1996 | NANCY HILL-HOLTZMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Reversing a trend that saw his lead in the 43rd state Assembly District race grow repeatedly smaller since election night, Democrat Scott Wildman widened his margin over Republican John Geranios Monday to 128 votes. The latest update from the registrar of voters released Monday showed teachers' union official Wildman with 49,210 votes--48.32% of the total--to represent the Burbank-Glendale district. Businessman Geranios trailed with 49,082 votes, or 48.19%.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 20, 1996 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Dist. Atty. Gil Garcetti has extended his lead over challenger John Lynch to 4,347 votes, gaining 901 votes in counting conducted Tuesday, election officials said. With 18,808 more ballots counted Tuesday, Garcetti, the incumbent who has maintained a slim lead since election night, inched closer to clinching victory over Lynch, who heads the Norwalk branch of the district attorney's office. But the race is still not officially over.
NEWS
November 18, 1996 | GEORGE SKELTON
The hate calls, angry letters and nasty looks have eased off since the election. Now, people are walking up to Ward Connerly and saying he should run for political office. They--mainly Republican Party people--are urging him especially to take on Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer in 1998. He has high statewide name ID after having led Proposition 209 to victory. He is exceptionally articulate and also has the advantage of being a successful businessman rather than a career politician.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 16, 1996 | NANCY HILL-HOLTZMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Democrat Scott Wildman's already slim lead in the 43rd Assembly District race dwindled to a scant 81 votes Friday. According to an update from the county registrar-recorder, Republican John Geranios picked up 87 votes on Wildman since Monday, when 168 votes separated the two would-be legislators. As it stands now, Wildman has 48,700 votes (48.30%), and Geranios is nipping at his heels with 48,619 votes (48.22%). "I'm encouraged, albeit guardedly," Geranios said Friday.
NEWS
November 15, 1996 | JEFFREY L. RABIN and TIM RUTTEN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
What happens when California's unique social attributes--habitual mobility, an unshakable faith in everyone's right to a second chance and the irrepressible desire to be nice--meet the unintended consequences of the federal government's well-meaning desire to extend the democratic franchise as widely as possible?
NEWS
November 15, 1996 | From Associated Press
Assemblyman Brian Setencich, who served a short term as California Assembly speaker to the ire of fellow Republicans, has been defeated in a long-shot write-in bid to keep his 30th District seat. The outcome of four other Assembly races also became clear Wednesday and Thursday, after more than a week in which absentee ballot counting seemed to advance at a glacial pace. In Setencich's race, conservative Republican Robert Prenter Jr.
NEWS
November 14, 1996 | LISA RICHARDSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Still in a joyful daze over Loretta Sanchez's possible upset of Rep. Robert K. Dornan, Orange County Democrats on Wednesday were focusing their hopes on the race for the 69th Assembly District seat, where absentee ballots show Democrat Lou Correa closing on incumbent Jim Morrissey. Correa, who had been more than 1,400 votes behind before absentee ballots were counted, pulled within 308 votes of Morrissey on Tuesday night.
NEWS
November 14, 1996 | Associated Press
Turnout in last week's presidential election will probably end up totaling between 64% and 65% of the state's registered voters, a record low, Secretary of State Bill Jones said Wednesday. Jones said an official total won't be available until all 58 counties complete their final count, which is not required until Dec. 4. But he said estimates of the remaining uncounted absentee ballots will raise participation to about 10 million of the state's 15.6 million registered voters.
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