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Voters voted directly on insurance commissioner candidates in four states Tuesday.

Voters picked governors with the power to appoint insurance commissioners in many other states.

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In some states, voters weighed in on ballot measures that could affect Medicaid and home care programs in their states.

Here’s a look at the election results.

Insurance Commissioner Elections

California

At press time, this race was still close to call.

Ricardo Lara (Democrat): 50.8% of the vote.

Steve Poizner (Independent): 49.2% of the vote,.

About 95.7% of the precincts are reporting results, but California takes several weeks to count all ballots submitted by mail. That means the final outcome for a close race may not be available until December.

The vote tally is here.

Georgia

Jim Beck (Republican): 50.53% of the vote.

Janice Laws (Democrat): 46.82% of the vote.

Donnie Foster (Libertarian): 2.64%.

100% of counties and precincts have reported their results.

The vote tally is here.

Kansas

Nathaniel McLaughlin (Democrat): 37% of the vote.

Vicki Schmidt (Republican): 63% of the vote.

100% of precincts have reported their results.

The vote tally is here.

Oklahoma

Glen Mulready (Republican): 61.97% of the vote.

Kimberly Fobbs (Democrat): 38.03% of the vote.

100% of precincts have reported their results.

The vote tally is here.

Governor Party Switches, in States with Appointed Insurance Commissioners

In all of these states, the current governor is a Republican, and the incoming governor will be a Democrat:

  • Illinois
  • Maine
  • Michigan
  • New Mexico
  • Nevada
  • Wisconsin

Medicaid Expansion Ballot Measures

Idaho

Proposition 2 is passing, with 60.8% of the vote, with 912 of 959 precincts reporting results.

The vote tally is here.

The proposition text is here.

Nebraska

Proposition 427 is passing, with 53.25% of the vote, with 1,372 of 1,3989 of precincts reporting full results and 10 precincts reporting partial results.

The vote tally is here.

The proposition text is here.

Utah

Proposition 3 is passing, with 54.09% of the vote. At press time, an indicator of the amount of the vote that had been counted was not available.

The vote tally is here.

The proposition text is here.

Medicaid Expansion Funding Ballot Measure

Montana

Initiative Number 185 would have raised the revenue needed to pay for Montana’s share of the cost of Medicaid expansion by imposing a new $2 per pack tax on cigarettes and a new tax on moist snuff.

Initiative Number 185 is failing. with 45% of the vote, with 371 of 669 reporting full results and 295 precincts reporting partial results.

The vote tally is here.

The initiative text is here.

Home Care Ballot Measure

Maine

State Referendum, Question 1, would have funded a new, universal home care benefits program by creating a new 3.8% tax on high-income residents.

Question 1 failing, with 38% of the vote, with 480 of 482 precincts reporting results.

The vote tally is here, on the website of the Bangor Daily News.

The question text is here.

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