Voters approved Proposition 59, which instructs elected officialsto overturn the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark Citizens United decision that dramatically altered the way money can be spent on politics.
The Associated Press projects the ballot measure passed with 52.3% of the vote.
Proposition 59 is not legally binding and includes no punishment for California's senators and representatives. While much of the delegation supports overturning the decision, some members have indicated they won't comply with the voter instruction.
Hillary Clinton never took the stage on election night at the Javits Center in New York, where she planned to declare its giant glass ceiling had been symbolically shattered. Instead, hours later she stood solemnly alongside Bill Clinton and running mate Tim Kaine at a nearby hotel, where she privately conceded the election.
On Wednesday morning, she offered some words of inspiration to the millions who supported her.
“I congratulated Donald Trump and offered to work with him,” Clinton said. “I hope he will be a successful president for all Americans.”
President Obama committed himself to a smooth transition of power to President-elect Donald Trump and urged Americans to unite after a bitter campaign as “one team.”
“We’re not Democrats first, we’re not Republicans first, we are Americans first,” he said in remarks in the Rose Garden moments after Hillary Clinton formally conceded defeat. “We are patriots first. We all want what’s best for this country.”
Obama noted that he and his Republican successor had no shortage of differences, but said he was now “rooting for his success.” He said he was “heartened” by the tone of Trump’s victory speech the night before, and in a private conversation between the two at 3:30 a.m.
With 52.4% of the vote, Rep. Jeff Denham has won another term in the Central Valley's 10th Congressional District over Democratic beekeeper Michael Eggman, the Associated Press said.
The contest was initially considered likely a solid win for Denham (R-Turlock), but Democrats were emboldened in the final months of the race as nonpartisan election analysts gradually moved it to a "toss-up."
While he never outright endorsed Donald Trump, Denham said throughout the race that he would support the Republican nominee, and Democrats worked to tar Denham with Trump's rhetoric in the heavily Latino district.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) extended her congratulations and prayers to President-elect Donald Trump in a statement Wednesday.
“The peaceful transfer of power is the cornerstone of our democracy. After an election in which Donald Trump won the electoral college and Hillary Clinton won the popular vote, we have a responsibility to come together and find common ground. Only by recognizing and respecting the important contributions that all Americans make to our country’s success can we build an inclusive and stronger future for America,” she said.
Pelosi also hinted at a path forward on infrastructure needs, an issue both parties hope to address quickly.
Voters rejected a measure requiring performers in adult films to use condoms during sex scenes by an almost eight percentage point margin, according to the Associated Press.
The measure was backed by the Los Angeles-based AIDS Healthcare Foundation and based on a similar initiative passed in Los Angeles County in 2012.
The group billed the measure as necessary to prevent the spread of disease on sets but found opposition, not only from the adult film industry, but also from both the state Republican and Democratic parties and groups like the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and AIDS Project Los Angeles.