California Democratic legislative leaders declared Wednesday they had captured a supermajority of each house, the first time in more than 100 years that the party has wielded such power.
With all precincts counted, Democrats led in enough races to clear that threshold, which would allow them to pass tax increases without needing GOP votes. Such a supermajority would also allow Democrats voting as a bloc to place constitutional amendments on the ballot or override vetoes of Gov. Jerry Brown.
Assembly Republicans held out hope that they could reverse the trend in two races.