California voters reject affirmative action

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Posted at 5:54 PM, Nov 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-04 20:54:24-05

A campaign to reinstate affirmative action in overwhelmingly Democratic California has failed resoundingly despite having money and momentum.

The rejection of Proposition 16 means California will keep a ban on granting preferential treatment based on race and gender in public hiring, contracting and college admissions.

With more than 11 million votes tallied, Proposition 16 had just 44% approval Wednesday.

Supporters sought to reinstate affirmative action during a national reckoning on race but said they didn't have enough time to reach voters. Others say it failed because it lacked a clear champion or because voters are comfortable with the way things are.