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Proposition 26 And 27 Results: Californians Strongly Reject Costly Efforts To Expand Legal Gambling

Proposition 26 Results

Proposition 27 Results

The future of sports betting — wagering on a predicted outcome in a competition — was on the Nov. 8 ballot and the people have spoken: No, thank you.

Up to this election, all forms of sports betting have been illegal and that will stay true. Millions of dollars have gone into these campaigns, making the propositions the most expensive measures in state history.

Here's what our partner newsroom CalMatters had to say:

The defeat is remarkable given the firehose of cash that flowed into the battle. The campaign committees for and against the two measures raised more than $450 million combined. That’s nearly double the previous record of $226 million raised to support and oppose Proposition 22, which exempted gig companies like Uber and Lyft from a new state law requiring them to treat workers as employees.

But the spending wasn’t split equally between the two measures. “The reality is, we didn’t undertake any meaningful advertising for Yes on 26,” said Jacob Mejia, vice president of public affairs for Pechanga Band of Indians, a tribe that supported the in-person betting measure and opposed the online measure. “Our focus was purely on defeating Proposition 27 after that measure came to fruition,” Mejia said.
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Understanding The Measures

Proposition 26 would have expanded legalized gambling to allow in-person sports betting at horse racing tracks and tribal casinos, with new vegas-style games. Proposition 27 would have allowed online sports betting through big sportsbook companies (e.g. FanDuel, DraftKings) and California Native tribes. Both propositions had a 10% tax on profits, with a bulk of that money going to either state education spending (in Proposition 26) or homelessness and gambling addiction programs (in Proposition 27).

If voters passed either measure, it would have been a big shift in California by starting new types of gambling. If voters passed both, it could have ended up in the courts to decide which proposition would have become law.

Want more: Read our full voter guides on Proposition 26 and Proposition 27

Spending So Far On Proposition 26

The highest contributions to pass the measure came from tribal casino owners. The largest contributions to defeat the measure came in almost exclusively from California cardrooms, which are concerned a clause in the proposition about civil lawsuits could put them out of business.

Spending So Far On Proposition 27

The highest contributions to pass the measure came in from online sportsbook companies. The largest contributions to defeat the measure came in from tribal casino owners.

A Note On The Results

  • Keep in mind that in tight races particularly, the winner may not be determined for days or weeks after Election Day. In L.A. County, the first batch of results released includes vote by mail ballots received before Election Day, followed by early votes cast at vote centers before Election Day, then votes cast in-person on Election Day. This process is expected to wrap up in the early hours of Nov. 9. Then, additional results will be released following a schedule you can see on the county's site. In California, ballots postmarked on or before Nov. 8 are counted toward the results as long as they arrive within seven days of the election. Results must be certified by county election officials by Dec. 8.

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How We're Covering This Election

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