Balance in Calif. Assembly hangs on 2 tight races

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Associated Press

Posted on November 8, 2012 at 6:04 PM

Updated Thursday, Nov 8 at 6:04 PM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — With the balance of power in the California Assembly at stake, both political parties are watching two tight legislative contests that will determine if Democrats win uncontested power to raise taxes without Republican votes.

The state Assembly appears poised to gain a two-thirds majority for Democrats, which would give the state's majority party complete dominance from the governor on down, including the ability to raise taxes unilaterally.

Democrats already won a Senate supermajority in Tuesday's election.

However, Republicans held out hope that Assemblyman Chris Norby might hold on to his seat in north-central Orange County's 65th Assembly District. Norby trailed Democratic challenger Sharon Quirk-Silva.

They say Republican Pedro Rios also could prevail in the Central Valley's 32nd Assembly District. He trailed Democrat Rudy Salas by about 300 votes

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