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California's not goofy, it's really big. That's why counting the vote takes so long: a Q&A

An eager nation waits breathlessly as California counts its election ballots.

Well, not an entire nation. Just a bunch of political obsessives and some candidates in limbo, anxious to find out if they're headed to Washington as lawmakers or have a little extra time on their hands to draw up that perfect Thanksgiving menu.

Nearly 5 million ballots remain to be counted statewide, leaving four congressional contests, in the Central Valley and Orange County, still to be decided.

Democrats have

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