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Props. 30, 32 Too Close To Call

Hannah Madans, Paige Brettingen |
November 6, 2012 | 11:34 p.m. PST

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(Neon Tommy/ Dawn Megli)
(Neon Tommy/ Dawn Megli)
Proposition 30, Gov. Jerry Brown's tax initiative, and Prop. 32, a measure that would ban unions from using union payroll deductions to contribute to politics, were both to close to call Tuesday night.

According to Eric Bauman, chair of the L.A. Democratic Party, though, Proposition 30 is now in positive territory.

"I've been hopeful all night. You have to wait until the L.A. votes start coming in," Bauman said.

Those votes, said Bauman, are just starting to be tallied now, along with votes from San Francisco. Though Bauman made the announcement to the L.A. Democratic crowd, telling them midnight would be the real determinant of the Proposition's fate, the party still cleared out substantially following President Obama's speech.

According to the Secretary of State's website, Prop. 30 has a slight lead with 51.3 in favor of the measure and 48.7 percent against it.

Brown has already declared victory, even though the measure is still close.

The Prop. is still too close to call though and was losing earlier in the day.

"I'm feeling really good about a lot of things, but I just saw Prop. 30 is behind by 4 [percentage points]," said Matthew Kogan, 51, a teacher from Los Angeles.

Despite being a teacher for 20 years, Kogan is worried he could lose his job if the proposition fails to pass, which would provide more funding to schools. His colleague, Mike Gonzales, 35, just lost his job as a kindergarten teacher in June after 6 years with the L.A. Unified School District.

"[Education] is just going over a cliff," said Kogan, mentioning that California's schools have lost $20 billion over the past two decades.  

"And we're going to lose $6 billion this year along with 15 school days if [Prop 30] doesn't pass," Gonzales added.

Being out of work, Gonzales took the opportunity to help encourage voting. He's went door-to-door over the past few weeks to ensure people knew where their polling location was and when Election Day was.

"I've been in some of the most dangerous parts of L.A. and I have been overwhelmed by how much love people have shown when I've come to their doors," Gonzales said. "They welcomed me with open arms."

The state also reported that 46.2 percent were in favor of Prop. 32 and 53.8 percent were against it.

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