A note from California Democratic Party Chair John Burton:
I am proud to congratulate President Barack Obama and Senator Dianne Feinstein on their re-election victories.
But I’m most proud of our volunteers and field staff from across California that worked day and very late into the night — for months — to defeat Proposition 32 and pass Proposition 30 to stop the cuts to education.
If you’re proud of what we did together as California Democrats, like and share this graphic of our achievements on Facebook:
That’s not the only bit of great news we have here.
Votes are still being tabulated in several Congressional Districts but it’s looking like we picked up at least five, and as many as six, “swing” districts here in California. That’s not even counting the three House incumbents we successfully defended from Republican attack. Simply put: This is an amazing feat. It will help Leader Pelosi return to Congress with a stronger hand and wider base of support to take on Speaker Boehner and the Republicans — who seem as committed to their obstructionist agenda as ever.
Then, late on Election Night we learned that Democrats have at last won a 2/3 majority in the Legislature. That means Governor Brown and Democrats in the Legislature will no longer be held hostage to the whims and demands of a super-minority of Republicans set on impeding progress for the issues that matter to Californians.
Our victories extended down to the local level. In San Diego, we helped elect the first Democratic mayor since 1988 as Bob Filner defeated Carl DeMaio.
California Democrats put it all on the line and came up aces this election year.
We didn’t do it alone. Our volunteers, our contributors, our staff and especially our candidates worked hard to ensure victories across the state.
When Democrats work this hard, there’s no stopping us.
Victories of this magnitude are rare in politics. Thank you for your hard work.
Peace and friendship,
California Democratic Party