GOP could block Democratic supermajority thanks to an Orange County Senate race – and $5.9 million

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This week, the Orange County Registrar of Voters Office is the center of California’s political universe, as partisan operatives of all stripes are watching the still too-close-to-call race for the 29th state Senate District.

Every other state Senate race appears to be settled. And if the GOP candidate, Assemblywoman Ling Ling Chang, can keep her current 2-point lead over Democrat Josh Newman, the Republicans will block Democrats – who have already secured a two-thirds majority in the state Assembly – from gaining a legislative supermajority in Sacramento.

That, in turn, would give both parties a say in taxation and spending issues. From the GOP’s view, a Chang victory could be well worth the $5.9 million the state party and Republican-affiliated special interest groups spent getting her elected.

On Wednesday, some backers of Chang claimed victory. But…

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