Midterms deliver national surprise

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Anticipation for the 2018 midterms has been growing ever since President Donald Trump was elected in 2016.

The midterm election decides the make up of both local and state governments, as well as the House of Representatives and the Senate.

This election also determines who controls aspects that directly affect local towns and schools, with offices such as governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of the state, attorney general, insurance commissioner, Delta College’s Board of Trustees, and more up for grabs.

In a surprising turn of events, Democrats took the majority in the House of Representatives while Republicans strengthened their numbers in the Senate in preliminary results.

Gavin Newsom pulled ahead in the race for governor of California. Although a majority of those in the San Joaquin County voted for John H. Cox, Newsom led the state overall in preliminary results.

Incumbent Diane Feinstein was re-elected as California’s U.S. Senator. A majority of those in San Joaquin County voted for Kevin De Leon, but deciding votes for Feinstein came from L.A. County, the largest in the state.

More locally, Janet Rivera won San Joaquin Delta College Trustee Area No. 3, representing North Stockton.

Charles Jennings won Delta Trustee Area No. 4, representing Lodi.

Proposition 6, which called to repeal a state gas tax, was rejected by a majority of the state. San Joaquin County, however, voted to approve it by less than 1 percent.

Proposition 7, which allowed the state Legislature to change Daylight Savings Time, was approved by a majority of the state.

Proposition 10, the rent control proposition, was rejected by a larger proportion of the state. San Joaquin County also voted no by a large majority.