California voters on Tuesday defeated a ballot measure to repeal the state’s death penalty, while a measure that would expedite and amend the death penalty process narrowly leads with more ballots left to be counted.
The final outcome will conclude a closely watched ballot race to address what people on both sides of the debate have agreed is a broken system.
Proposition 62, which would have replaced capital punishment for murder with life in prison without parole, garnered 46.1% of the vote.
It’s little comfort for Democrats who are devastated that Hillary Clinton lost the White House, but she managed to do something no Democrat has done since the Great Depression: win Orange County, a bastion of conservatism.
Clinton beat Donald Trump by nearly five percentage points, or 39,000 votes, in the county, which is a national symbol for the GOP — the home to Richard Nixon and the cradle of Ronald Reagan’s conservatism.
The last time a Democrat won the county was 1936. For decades, it was a GOP stronghold, with Republican presidential candidates routinely beating their Democratic rivals by double-digit margins.
Ellection coverage on the front pages of today's newspapers are on display outside the Newseum in Washington, D.C. The victory of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump surprised many in the country after weeks of polling data appeared to indicate Hillary Clinton was poised to win.
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.
Donald Trump’s presidential victory preserves the Supreme Court’s narrow conservative majority by clearing the way for the new president to choose a jurist next year to fill the seat of the late Justice Antonin Scalia.
And with Republicans maintaining control of the Senate, Trump likely will have a free hand in selecting someone with strong conservative credentials, confident his nominee will be confirmed.
The election dashes the hopes of liberals, who lost their best opportunity in more than 40 years to create a majority on the high court.