Translation: California is still dominated by Democrats.
There wasn’t much of a partisan change in the Legislature. Though one race still hasn’t been officially decided and could be headed to a recount (Senate District 16 in Bakersfield), Democrats will continue to hold roughly 3 out of 4 seats in both the Senate and the Assembly — enough to keep super-majorities that give them immense power over spending and legislation.
But just because the party division is set to stay basically the same doesn’t mean there aren’t changes afoot in Sacramento. The Legislature saw a surge in retirements and early exits this election cycle. The freshman class will have a record number of Latino, female and LGBTQ members.