A proposal to boost the state's cash reserves that seemed to struggle in early polls went on to a resounding victory on Tuesday -- an endorsement, of sorts, of Gov. Jerry Brown's call for fiscal restraint.
Proposition 2, the constitutional amendment reworking the state's system of putting money away for lean years, was ahead with almost 70 percent of the vote -- the apparent largest margin of victory of any of the six statewide propositions.
That outcome stood in stark contrast to its anemic poll numbers prior to Election Day, tepid support some observers attributed to Prop. 2's complexity.
The measure, sometimes referred to as a rainy day fund, did not have a major PR campaign behind it until just the past few weeks, when Gov. Jerry Brown hitched both Prop. 2 and a $7.5 water bond measure to his own effort to win re-election as governor.
A late October poll by the nonpartisan Public Policy Institute put support for the measure at just 49 percent, traditionally a dangerous place for a proposition so close to Election Day.