Single race may tip power balance in California Legislature

In this photo taken Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018, Assemblywoman Anna Caballero, D-Salina talks with Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, the democratic candidate for governor, during a campaign stop in Modesto, Calif. Democrats, are one vote short of the 27 needed for a supermajority in the 40-member Senate. Caballero has received help in her campaign from Newsom and other Democratic candidates. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Whether Democrats win a veto-proof supermajority in both chambers of the California Legislature will likely come down to a sprawling state Senate district west of Fresno that looks on paper like it should be a lock for the party.