Even if a candidate receives the popular vote, a candidate has to win the majority of electoral votes to win the election.
Retiring Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) filed legislation Tuesday to abolish the Electoral College in light of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton winning the popular vote but still losing the election.
Such legislation makes a statement after an election that shocked Democrats, but is unlikely to gain traction with Republicans holding control of both chambers of Congress in a lame duck session.
Her bill calls for an amendment to the Constitution that would end the Electoral College system. Should such a thing pass, the amendment would only take effect if ratified by three-fourths of the states within seven years after its passage in the U.S. Congress.
With Democrats still reeling from last week's loss, House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi agreed Tuesday to a request to move the Democratic Caucus' leadership election until after Thanksgiving.
Pelosi, a Californian who has led House Democrats for more than 16 years, including two terms as the first female House speaker, is potentially facing a challenge from Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan, who told Politico he is considering a bid.
Democrats won only six new seats Nov. 8, after months of predictions that ranged from a large Democratic win to a significant narrowing of the Republicans' majority in the House. Coupled with losing the presidency because some traditionally blue Rust Belt states turned red, some on Capitol Hill are saying privately that it's time for new leadership that hails from the center of the country.
It was a late-night tweet written by an outspoken Republican assemblywoman that expressed outrage over an online report of protesters, opposed to President-elect Donald Trump, fatally wounding a homeless veteran.
It also happened to be a report that was a hoax.
Lake Elsinore Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez's tweet linked to a report by an online site called Christian Times Newspaper about what was purported to be a Friday night encounter between anti-Trump protesters and a homeless veteran in Philadelphia.
Proposition 62, which would have repealed the death penalty in California, drew its strongest opposition among Republicans and those who voted for Donald Trump for president, according to a USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times post-election poll.
But analysts said the narrow defeat of the initiative at the polls last week came in as expected given a sharp divide over capital punishment nationwide. They also cautioned against attributing the loss to the so-called "Trump effect," a wave of mostly white, male voters from rural areas energized by Trump's presidential run.
Proposition 62, which would have replaced capital punishment for murder with life in prison without parole, went down with 53.9% of people in opposition and 46.1% in support.
California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris dominated Tuesday’s U.S. Senate election, beating Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Orange) among all major age groups, education levels and ethnicities — including among Latino voters, according to a USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times post-election poll.
According to the survey of Californians who cast ballots in Tuesday’s election, 48% of Latino voters backed Harris compared with 40% who supported Sanchez. Sanchez, who has served in Congress for two decades, was relying on Latinos to be one of her major bases of support.
Harris also won in the Central Valley and the Inland Empire, areas where she was considered vulnerable.
Speaking with reporters Monday, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) should stay in leadership because it benefits Republicans.
"I kind of like Pelosi staying around. As long as she’s there I think we stay in the majority," McCarthy (R-Bakersfield) said. "If I’m being selfish, I truly believe as long as she’s leader we keep the majority."
Pelosi has held a House Democrat leadership position for 16 years, including two terms as the first female speaker of the House, making her a rallying point for both Democrats and Republicans. Speculation about how long she plans to stay in Congress has made for a steady stream of gossip for years, especially with a bevy of younger House members waiting for a turn.
After President-elect Donald Trump, in an interview on CBS' "60 Minutes," promised to deport 2 million to 3 million immigrants in the country illegally who “have criminal records,” the leader of California's state Senate called for Trump to walk back his statement.
In a Sunday statement, Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) promised to defend, if needed, the rights of immigrants here illegally.
Trump’s estimate of how many immigrants have criminal records far exceeds what others have found. About 820,000 people in the U.S. illegally have criminal convictions, according to the nonpartisan Migration Policy Institute, a group that is funded by Fortune 500 companies, major foundations and the U.S. and more than a dozen foreign governments.