It was, as one political observer called it, the "meh election" in California -- a mismatch in the state's marquee race, a nasty and largely confusing fight over health care initiatives, and an electorate both a little gloomy about the future ... but mostly unwilling to cast a vote for change.
Still, there was history made on Tuesday night. Voters put Edmund G. Brown Jr. in the history books as the only person to ever be elected governor of California four times. The 76-year-old Brown handily beat his newcomer GOP challenger almost four decades to the day after he first won the office in 1974. And Democrats, even in a year when Republicans were more energized, managed to largely dominate all the important contests.
A look at the big takeaways -- five in all -- from a California election that, well, may not be that memorable in the years to come.
Everything's Coming Up Jerry: The state's unconventional governor has had his ups and downs, but it's hard to see a downside as the final votes are counted in this election. A thumping of Republican Neel Kashkari, a resounding victory for the two ballot measures -- Proposition 1 and Proposition 2 -- that he urged voters to approve, and at least a gentle breeze of a good economy at his back.
"I take the opportunity and the responsibility very seriously," Brown told reporters in his brief Q&A Tuesday night in Sacramento. This, after a very low-key private dinner (takeout, natch) inside the historic governor's mansion.