Even if a candidate receives the popular vote, a candidate has to win the majority of electoral votes to win the election.
Votes are still being counted across the country, but it appears Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton could win the popular vote, while President-elect Trump wins the electoral college and thus the White House.
At 5 a.m. on the West Coast, the Associated Press showed Clinton with 59.16 million votes nationally, compared to Trump's 59 million votes.
If that holds true as the remaining precincts report their ballots, it would mimic the 2000 results, where Democrat Al Gore narrowly won the popular vote, but George W. Bush won the White House.
Voters on the Westside appeared to be rejecting two contentious development measures -- an effort to erect the tallest building in Beverly Hills and a bid to impose a strict slow-growth measure in Santa Monica.
Measure HH in Beverly Hills was sponsored by developer Beny Alagem, who sought to bypass city officials and secure permission directly from voters for a $700-million redevelopment project that includes a 26-story towerat the site of the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
It was an unprecedented measure on the ballot. Local authorities said it was the first time voters had been asked to consider approving a project that wasn’t fully vetted first by planning commissioners and the City Council.
Investors are expressing deep concerns as they contemplate how a Trump administration will affect the economy. Trump’s vows to upend the economic system and change policies that have driven major investments by corporations sent markets tumbling overnight, though they recovered slightly this morning.
Kathryn Barger held a dominating lead in the race to replace Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, who represents northern Los Angeles County.
With all precincts reporting, Barger claimed 59% of the vote, while her opponent, Darrell Park, received 41%. An unknown number of vote-by-mail and provisional ballots have yet to be counted.
Barger, a moderate Republican, is Antonovich’s longtime chief of staff, and started working for Antonovich as an intern 28 years ago. She has the backing of four of the county’s five supervisors as well as the support of powerful labor groups, including the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor.
Donald Trump wasted no time in changing the bio and image on his Twitter account.
The morning after winning the 2016 presidential election, Trump changed his title to “President-elect of the United States” and the image on his profile to a photo of himself and Vice President-elect Mike Pence against a White House background.
Trump, known for his controversial tweets throughout the election, grew his following to around 13.6 million over the year. He will now have the option of taking over the @POTUS account established by President Obama, according to the White House social media transition report.
A measure to allow noncitizen parents to vote in San Francisco school board elections was ahead, with all precincts reporting.
Proposition N garnered 53% of the vote. Still to be counted are late-arriving vote-by-mail and provisional ballots.
Proposition N would allow noncitizens living in San Francisco to vote for school board members if the person is a parent, legal guardian or legally recognized caregiver of a child living in the city. The noncitizen must be of legal voting age and not in prison or on parole for a felony conviction.
A measure that would lower the voting age and allow 16- and 17-year-olds to vote in municipal elections in San Francisco was trailing Wednesday morning.
With all precincts reporting, Proposition F was opposed by 53% of voters. Late-arriving vote-by-mail and provisional ballots still need to be counted.
If approved, younger teenagers would be allowed to vote for school board and community college board members, and for local candidates and local ballot measures. The city controller estimated the number of registered voters would probably increase by up to 1%, if 16-year-olds and 17-year-olds vote at the same rate as the general population.
Rep. Tony Cardenas won his race against former L.A. City Councilman Richard Alarcon, and will serve a third term representing the San Fernando Valley in the 29th District.
Alarcon did not run a campaign after coming in second in the June primary, telling The Times in mid-October that he thought it "would be difficult, if not impossible, for me to raise money and explain to my contributors a path to victory."
Alarcon entered the race weeks after his convictions of voter fraud and perjury were thrown out.