Here, in an article
from the Austin American-Statesman
, is a somewhat more plausible spin from the losing side of the Prop. 12 battle: Viewed as a Republicans vs. Democrats battle, getting 49% of the 1.46 million votes case was the best showing the Democrats have made in a statewide election in many years. I'm not sure how accurate it is to spin this as GOP vs. Dems, though, with top Republicans like Deborah Hankinson and Jim Baker spearheading the opposition to Prop. 12.