Democrats gain veto-proof majority in California Legislature

Posted at 5:14 PM, Nov 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-12 20:14:23-05

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Democrats have won two Republican-held California state Senate seats in the Central Valley, giving the party veto-proof supermajorities in both chambers of the Legislature.

Vote totals updated since Election Day made winners Monday of Melissa Hurtado and Assemblywoman Anna Caballero.

Hurtado won the open 12th District seat while Caballero defeated Republican Sen. Andy Vidak in the neighboring 14th District. Both are in the Fresno area.

The victories give Democrats a two-thirds advantage in the Senate. The party also has that advantage in the Assembly.

Supermajorities will allow Democrats to raise taxes, suspend legislative rules or override vetoes without Republican votes.