September 23, 2014
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Tuesday's general election will be a super-charged affair compared to California's sleepy primary in June, when less than a third of registered voters bothered to cast ballots.
This time, Democrats are angling for even greater control of the state Legislature, and both major parties are spending record amounts in newly competitive congressional districts.
At the same time, the philosophical divide over the role of government is the backstory to several ballot propositions.
Even with California on the sidelines of the presidential race, interest is running high, with a record 18.2 million Californians registered to vote.
The stakes are highest for Gov. Jerry Brown, who will have his next two years largely defined by the outcome of Proposition 30, his attempt to raise taxes to help close the state budget deficit.
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