$162 Million Later in California, Still Undecided

After living through the most expensive elections in history, some Californians on their way to the polls still had not made up their minds.

“I still don’t know which candidate I’m going to vote for,” said John Spracher, while having breakfast with some friends at Angelo’s Burgers Mexican Restaurant in Orange County. “I’m reading the papers right now to decide.”

Orange County is one of the most diverse communities in the country, with significant Arab, Vietnamese, Korean, and Hispanic populations. And this election cycle it was a real battleground.
Meg Whitman, the GOP candidate for governor, spent more than $270,000 in Spanish-language media ads to target Latino voters -- like Ricardo Ballesteros, 61, a Disneyland’s park maintenance worker.

Ballesteros knew that he wanted to vote but was undecided as for whom. He finally made up his mind Tuesday morning at a quiet ballot location in the city of Orange Grove.

“I had to vote," Ballesteros said, “because I have the privilege to do it. I chose the least worst of the two candidates: the Democrat.”

California voters are also voting on nine ballot measures. Proposition 19, for one, has attracted much of the media attention in the past few weeks. This initiative would legalize and regulate marijuana across the state.

For some people, such as Randy Simms and his wife, who are residents of Orange Grove, voting on the propositions was more important than voting to elect the new state governor.

“I care more about the propositions.” said Simms. “I know these will become law and would really impact my life.”

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