Decision 2014: Soda Tax, Minimum Wage Debate, and More

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — The polls opened this morning at 7 in California and there is concern that because there are only a few big issues on this year’s mid-election ballot, voter turnout will be low. Some are projecting less than 50 percent.

On the ballot, Governor Jerry Brown is running for re-election. Recent polls show he’s ahead of his Republican challenger Neal Kashkari by 18 percentage points. Kashkari has beefed up his TV ads in this last week of campaigning.

But the hottest statewide race is for Superintendent of Public Instruction. Incumbent Tom Torlakson is facing Marshall Tuck. The latest field poll shows them in a dead heat, although 44 percent of voters are still undecided.

In San Francisco, there is a proposal to charge an additional two cents per ounce on sugar sweetened beverages like soda. In Berkeley the city would charge .01 cent per ounce if passed.

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