Five Takeaways From Election Day in California

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It was, as one political observer called it, the “meh election” in California — a mismatch in the state’s marquee race, a nasty and largely confusing fight over health care initiatives, and an electorate both a little gloomy about the future … but mostly unwilling to cast a vote for change.

Still, there was history made on Tuesday night. Voters put Edmund G. Brown Jr. in the history books as the only person to ever be elected governor of California four times. The 76-year-old Brown handily beat his newcomer GOP challenger almost four decades to the day after he first won the office in 1974. And Democrats, even in a year when Republicans were more energized, managed to largely dominate all the important contests.

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