California voters on Tuesday elected the state’s first new U.S. senator in 24 years, and made history in the process.
State Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris won the race, according to the Associated Press, becoming the first black politician in history to represent California in the Senate.
With Harris cemented as the solid front-runner and Democratic Party favorite, challenger Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Orange) embraced the role of the underdog and attempted to stitch together support from Latinos, Republicans and moderates. But hampered by an underfunded campaign and missteps, her effort failed to take hold.
Financial markets tumbled Tuesday night, with futures for the Dow Jones industrial average plunging more than 700 points, as Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s surprisingly strong performance triggered uncertainty among investors.
Dow futures were off about 4%. Futures also dropped nearly 5% for the Nasdaq and the Standard & Poor’s 500 index as Trump threatened to upset Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and shatter expectations on Wall Street and financial centers around the world.
Stocks were down about 2% in early morning trading across Asia while gold rallied as a safe haven.
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We believe and we hope that California citizens are going to make a statement about who we are, particularly in 2016, which is the year of Trump.
Tom Steyer, majorDemocratic donor in California, anticipating the results in advance of the state's polls closing.
After two years of controversy over the state's execution procedures, Oklahoma voters issued a strong show of support for the death penalty on Tuesday.
State Question 776 passed with 66% of voters in support of the measure. It amends the state constitution to give state lawmakers more power to change the state's execution methods if those execution methods are ruled invalid.
Critics of the measure said it did little to change the legislature's existing powers.
Coloradans have decided that terminally ill patients should be allowed to end their lives with the assistance of a physician.
The state joins five others, including California, with so-called "death with dignity" laws that grant terminally diagnosed patients the right to take life-ending, doctor-prescribed sleeping medication.
In recent years, Democrats in the state Legislature had attempted to pass legislation allowing for assisted suicide, but were rejected by Republicans in the split Legislature.
North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr defeated Democrat Deborah Ross, pushing back a tough challenge in the rapidly changing state that could have cut into his party's hold on the Senate.
The two-term senator, who is chairman of the Intelligence Committee, should have had an easy reelection bid. But Burr ran a lackluster campaign and kept a relatively low profile despite the demographic shifts that have turned the Tar Heel state into a key presidential battleground.
The bid by Ross, a former state Assembly member, was always a long shot. Few thought that a Deep South state was ready to elect a onetime ACLU executive. But she proved to be a strong politician and crisscrossed the state tapping into the diversifying electorate for support.
By this point in election night in 2012, President Obama had been declared the winner in Pennsylvania. Mitt Romney had been declared the winner in North Carolina.
Neither state has been called so far tonight, nor has just about any other state that will be key to winning the White House.
On balance, it's more cause for apprehension for Democrats than Republicans as they had expected some of their blue firewall states — Pennsylvania and Michigan among them — to be squared away. Perhaps Virginia as well, which at least is trending late toward Hillary Clinton.