Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada greets supporters after speaking at a rally held by members of the Hispanic community in Las Vegas on Oct. 16. Reid got about 90 percent of the Hispanic vote, according to a poll of likely voters taken right before the election. Julie Jacobson/AP hide caption

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Texas-based Valero Energy -- which owns gas stations across the country, like this one in Sacramento,Calif. -- has contributed about half of the roughly $10 million behind California's Proposition 23 campaign. Rich Pedroncelli/AP hide caption

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Democratic candidate for governor Jerry Brown (R) speaks as Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (C) Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg  Whitman (2nd-L) look on during a discussion moderated by NBC's Matt Lauer (L) during the Women's Conference 2010 in Long Beach. Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images hide caption

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Sal Russo, Tea Party Express founder, in his Sacramento, Calif., "war room" in March. Rich Pedroncelli/AP hide caption

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Nevada Sen. Harry Reid (right) talks to his opponent, Republican Sharron Angle, as moderator Mitch Fox from PBS looks on after their political debate Thursday at the Vegas PBS studios. Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Whitman, during Tuesday night's debate. Hector Amezcua/Associated Press hide caption

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Yossele Rosenblatt is recognized as the greatest cantorial singer of all time. John Springer Collection/Corbis hide caption

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Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina celebrates her Republican primary win on June 8. Now she's campaigning against incumbent Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA). Fiorina argues that Boxer has failed as a leader — but critics point out it was Fiorina who was fired from Hewlett-Packard. David McNew/AP hide caption

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California residents protest Proposition 16 outside the California Public Utilities Commission offices in San Francisco last month. Eric Risberg/AP hide caption

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Traffic passes on Interstate 15 along the eastern Mojave Desert in California. Reed Saxon/AP hide caption

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The Tea Party Express gathered in Searchlight, Nev. — hometown of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid — for the first stop on a three-week tour that will end in Washington, D.C. Ethan Miller/Getty Images hide caption

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The Next Stage: Brian Geraghty (left) plays the role of Timmy in the 2010 production of The Subject Was Roses. The role was originally played by Martin Sheen (right) in 1964. Now, 46 years later, Sheen returns to Frank D. Gilroy's Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning play — this time, as the dad. Craig Schwartz hide caption

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California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (left) and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa are both dealing with layoffs and spending cutbacks during California's difficult economic times. Kevin Winter/Getty Images hide caption

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