With a record number of Californians voting and this year’s mail-in ballot system, California’s Election Day results are still being tallied. The California Catholic Conference is excited to report that Prop 20, which would have expanded criminal penalties, was rejected by voters. The Bishops of California opposed this measure, as it would have rolled back major criminal justice reforms. The measure failed by a margin of more than 24%. In what is looking to be a disappointing loss, it appears that voters will approve Prop 14, which will provide additional funding for stem cell research in California. The Bishops oppose this measure, citing moral and ethical failures and the use of Prop 14’s use of bonds to pay for research. Find more and the latest results on each ballot proposition here. While the presidential race likely faces many legal challenges, it appears control of U.S. Congress remains largely the same. Republicans appear to have held onto a majority in the Senate while Democrats have retained a slim majority in the House of Representatives, though unexpectedly losing some seats. There are a few seats in California, however, that are being closely watched and may flip. Close races to watch in the California State Senator include Senate District 21 (Lancaster/Palmdale/Victorville) where incumbent Republican State Senator Scott Wilk maintains a small lead against his Democratic challenger Kipp Mueller. In Senate District 23 (Yucaipa/Lake Arrowhead), Democrat Abigail Medina has inched out her Republican challenger Rosilicie Bogh with 50.03% of the vote. The seat is being vacated by Republican Senator Mike Morrell. Democrat Josh Newman may have also clenched Senate District 29 (Yorba Linda/Fullerton/Chino Hills) from incumbent Republican State Senator Ling Ling Chan. Newman garnered 51.5% of the vote to Chan’s 48.5%. In Senate District 37 (Irvine/Lake Forest/Anaheim Hills), it appears Republican State Senator John Moorlach may have lost his re-election bid to Democratic challenger Dave Min. Min earned 51.8% of the vote to Senator Moorlach’s 48.2%. Any gains for Democrats in the State Senate will continue to solidify their Supermajority in the California legislature. Again, votes are still being counted in several races so double check the results here.