Vidak's victory shaves the Democrats' margin in the Senate, which had been 29-11, by one seat, but another Democratic senator, Curren Price, is due to resign to take a seat on the Los Angeles City Council. Thus chances have dimmed for the Democratic supermajority to pass a constitutional amendment or a tax increase, both of which would require two-thirds legislative votes.
Last November, for the first time in living memory, the Democrats gained supermajorities in both California houses as well as as the Governorship. Without a Senate supermajority, they will, as in years past, be forced to compromise with Republicans.
Perez outspent Vidak by nearly 2-to-1. But, Vidak, a cherry farmer, had the advantage of better name recognition.
In 2014, Vidak will have to run for reelection. However, at that time, redistricting kicks-in for his district, CA's 16th Senate District, and it switches from safe-Democrat to safe-Republican.