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Christine Mai-Duc
Nov. 9, 2016, 10:38 a.m.

Assemblywoman Cheryl Brown (D-San Bernardino) has lost her long, expensive battle against fellow Democrat attorney Eloise Reyes.

Reyes secured 53.3% of the vote with all precincts reporting, and the Associated Press called the race Wednesday morning.

This was one of the most closely watched Assembly races of 2016, partly because it was seen as a proxy battle between environmentalists and labor unions, who supported the more progressive Reyes, and oil companies and business groups, who bankrolled committees supporting Brown.

Brown, who is a member of the Legislature’s informal moderate caucus of business-aligned Democrats, played a key role in watering down last year’s landmark climate change bill.

Labor groups and environmentalists helped fund an effort that spent more than $1.5 million in the general election to support Reyes and oppose Brown, dubbing her “Chevron Cheryl” and accusing her of doing the oil industry’s bidding.

Brown benefited from the bulk of the $6.1 million total independent expenditures in the race, most of it funded by Chevron and other oil companies and business groups.