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How have the gubernatorial candidates spent the last week ahead of the election? 15 MIN, 31 SEC

In some states, the number of people who voted early has passed the number of total voters in the 2014 midterms. California will be crucial to whether Democrats can take over the House. We talk about some of the biggest state races, including the gubernatorial race between Gavin Newsom and John Cox; and State Senator Kevin De Leon trying to unseat longtime U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein.

Guests:
Paul Mitchell, Political Data, Inc (@paulmitche11 )
Marisa Lagos, KQED (@mlagos)

Checking in on the close House races in Orange County 16 MIN, 21 SEC

In California’s 39th district, Republican Young Kim and Democrat Gil Cisneros are tied in the polls for Ed Royce’s open seat. In the 49th district in northern San Diego, Darrell Issa is retiring, and Democrat Mike Levin has been up in the polls against Republican Diane Harkey. Steve Knight is trying to hold onto his seat in the Palmdale-Lancaster area against Democrat Katie Hill.

Guests:
Jenny Hamel, KCRW (@HamelKCRW)
Saul Gonzalez, Host, 'There Goes the Neighborhood: Los Angeles' (@SaulKCRW)

Which ballots get counted on election night, and which don’t? 8 MIN, 41 SEC

We take a quick look at three of the House races in Central California, where Republicans Jeff Denham, David Valadao, and Devin Nunes are fighting to keep their seats. Their Democratic challengers are all first-time candidates. The Central Valley has been a Republican stronghold, but the Democratic challengers are hoping the blue wave is going to change that. We also look at the ballot counting process, especially in tight races.

Guests:
Paul Mitchell, Political Data, Inc (@paulmitche11 )
Jessica Levinson, Loyola Law School (@LevinsonJessica)

California hits new record for campaign spending 9 MIN, 4 SEC

This year, hundreds of millions of dollars have been poured into ballot measure campaigns. Proposition 8, which would limit the profits of dialysis companies, has faced fierce and well-funded pushback from those companies. The No on Prop 8 campaign has raised a staggering $111 million and may be the most expensive campaign against a single ballot measure in US history. A lot of the money being spent in California this election cycle is coming from outside the state.

Guests:
Laurel Rosenhall, Cal Matters (@LaurelRosenhall)
Jessica Levinson, Loyola Law School (@LevinsonJessica)

More:
California Election 2018: Updates and Analysis

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