Kathryn Barger forged a solid early lead in the race to replace Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, who represents northern Los Angeles County.
With 19% of precincts reporting, Barger claimed 62% of the vote, while her opponent, Darrell Park, received 38%.
Barger, a moderate Republican, is Antonovich’s longtime chief of staff, and started working for Antonovich as an intern 28 years ago. She also has the backing of four of the county’s five supervisors and of powerful labor groups, including the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor.
Janice Hahn was ahead in early results in the race to replace Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe, who represents southern Los Angeles County.
With 6% of precincts reporting, Hahn was winning with 55% of the vote, while Steve Napolitano was pulling in 45%.
U.S. Rep. Hahn, a Democrat from San Pedro, faced a tough fight with rival Napolitano,a Republican and former Manhattan Beach councilman who has worked for Knabe for 12 years. If elected, Hahn would be the fourth labor-backed liberal on the officially nonpartisan five-member board — constituting a supermajority that could make it easier to approve tax and salary matters favored by the county's most powerful unions. Knabe and Michael D. Antonovich — the two Republicans on the board — are being forced out by term limits.
At Kamala Harris’ election night party in downtown Los Angeles at the Exchange LA nightclub, supporters let out a cheer when word came that she was declared the winner in California’s U.S. Senate race.
But the mood was quite different for those watching a giant TV screen looming over the dance floor, which flashed news reports about the presidential election returns.
“We’re a bit concerned about what’s happening nationally,” said Angelov Farooq, director of UC Riverside’s Center for Economic Development and Innovation. “But I’m excited about Kamala Harris. I think she represents the future. She’s a very authentic leader.”
Liz Cheney won her father’s former congressional seat in Wyoming on Tuesday.
The eldest daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney cruised to victory over Democrat Ryan Greene.
Cheney previously served in the State Department but has never held elected office. She had widespread name recognition in the state and a large financial advantage over Greene. But she was accused of being a carpet-bagger and criticized for running against an incumbent Republican in a 2013 primary before dropping out after polling poorly.
In the governor’s race in Vermont, voters switched the state into the GOP column. Republican Lt. Gov. Phil Scott bested Democrat Sue Minter, the former state transportation secretary. Although the state is traditionally Democratic-leaning, it sometimes supports candidates who are fiscally conservative but socially liberal.
An unprecedented ballot measure asking Beverly Hills voters to skip the city's planning review processand approve what would be the city's tallest tower is trailing in early voting results.
Sponsored by the tower's developer, Beny Alagem, Measure HH would allow him to bypass city officials and secure permission directly from the voters for a $700-million redevelopment project, which includes a 26-story building,at the site of the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
Local authorities say this is the first time voters have been asked to approve a project that wasn’t fully vetted first by planning commissioners and the City Council. With 16.67% of the precincts reporting, Measure HH is trailing, with 42.57% backing the measure and 57.43% opposed.