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Calif.: Voters Tired of the Governator?

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) was handed an across-the-board defeat last night at the ballot box as all four of the propositions he backed went down to defeat.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger was all smiles Tuesday morning. But do the special election results spell trouble on the horizon? (AP)

Prop. 77, which would have taken the power to draw congressional district lines from the state legislature and given it to a panel of retired judges, failed by a 60 percent to 40 percent margin.(Click here to see the full results from California's stellar elections site.)  A similar measure in Ohio was even more soundly defeated.

Schwarzenegger had turned the passage of the four California measures into a referendum on his first two years in office, throwing his political capital as well as more than $7 million of his own money behind them.  He now faces uncertain reelection prospects in 2006 as voters seem to have tired (at least momentarily) of his would-be reformer schtick.

In San Diego, former police chief Jerry Sanders bested Councilwoman (and surf shop owner) Donna Frye to claim the mayor's office. Sanders won with 54 percent following a tumultuous last several months for the city government.

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 9, 2005; 7:57 AM ET
Categories:  Governors  
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