An expensive campaign to ease the penalties in California’s “three strikes” sentencing law maintained a slight but declining lead late Tuesday night, reports the Sacramento Bee. With 45 percent of precincts reporting, Proposition 66 was ahead, 51 percent to 49 percent. The Orange County Register said the measure was losing early today. Opponents, seeing support for the initiative steadily declining, expressed optimism it would lose. “I believe we’re going to beat it,” No on 66 campaign manager Richard Temple said.
Voters approved Proposition 69, which would require the collection of DNA samples from all felons and from adults and juveniles arrested on specific crimes victory. Voters were backing the initiative, 62 percent to 38 percent.