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What of less government, lower taxes?

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Do I have the candidates reversed in last Tuesday’s election? My understanding is that if (Former Assemblyman Ted) Gaines were elected (to the California Senate), that an additional special election would be required costing Placer County, alone, about $650,000; which tax-supported expenditure would not be required should Gaines not be elected. It now appears that those voting for Gaines were overwhelmingly self-described Republicans. But, Republican Party voters generally describe themselves as for less government and lower taxes. What happened? (1) These voters were intentionally misled? (2) They just did not take time to overcome ignorance of the facts? or (3) There’s some insincerity involved, concerning claimed desire for lower taxes and less government? (Or, all of the above?) Eugene Rippen, Auburn