Cooper's Proposition 20 loses by wide margin

A statewide proposition backed by Assemblymember Jim Cooper (D - Elk Grove) and Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert that would have rolled back voter-approved criminal justice reforms lost by a wide margin.

With over 11 million votes counted statewide, the Associated Press declared Proposition 20 lost with 62-percent in opposition. Had the proposition been passed, it would have among other things reestablished certain crimes as felonies and expand DNA collection for certain misdemeanor convictions.

Along with Cooper, who before his 2014 election to the California State Assembly, retired from the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department, the proposition was backed by some Democrats, numerous Republicans, district attorneys, and law enforcement associations. The Yes on 20 had major financial support from Rep. Devin Nunes who donated over $300,000. 

Along with civil rights organizations, the opposition was led by former Gov. Jerry Brown and current Gov.  Gavin Newsom. 

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