Calif. Voters Defeat Prop 34

    LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 06:  Leeah Durkee, 30, casts her ballot in the US presidential elections in the polling place of Sunrise Ford car dealership on November 6, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. Californians will cast ballots in dozens of tight races including Gov. Jerry Brown's tax plan, abolishing the death penalty, easing the state's strict 'three strikes' sentencing law and also in the Presidential race between Democratic President Barack Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

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    California voters checked death on their ballots. The state voted to reject Prop 34, which would have repealed the death penalty. Inmates with current death sentences would have had them retroactively replaced with a sentence of life without parole. Only 47.3 percent of voters were in favor of the initiative, even though supporters estimated that the state would save at least $130 million by ceasing capital punishment. “We thank the voters of California for rejecting Prop 34 and standing up for those who no longer have a voice,” the group No on Prop 34 said in a statement.

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