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Voters are deciding Tuesday whether to allow the nation’s most populated state to grant preferential treatment based on race and gender.

(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The campaign to reinstate affirmative action in overwhelmingly Democratic California had money, momentum and big-name backers, including Black celebrities Issa Rae and Ava DuVernay, but voters in the most populated state rejected the measure.

ADVERTISEMENTThe measure was passing in Los Angeles and five San Francisco Bay Area counties that are liberal and losing everywhere else.

Supporters raised $31 million and included chambers of commerce, tech companies, sports teams and Democratic leaders who said affirmative action programs are critical to undoing generations of systemic racism and sexism.

We were vastly outspent and opposed by the California political establishment and much of the media,” their statement said.

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