After all the votes have been counted, Orange County could turn blue for the first time in decades, thanks in large part to demographic shifts that have diversified the suburbs.
But divisions also exist within the county's ethnic enclaves such as Little Saigon. There, younger Vietnamese appeared to be voting Democratic on Tuesday while their elders — inspired in part by the GOP’s vocal anti-Communist stance — seemed to be swinging Republican.
Yorba Linda resident Yvon Nguyen cast her ballot for Hillary Clinton, drawn to her character and her decades of political experience. The 33-year-old CEO of a marketing and business intelligence firm said she had heard from family members in Toronto who were worried about America.
Activists are not taking the idea of a Donald Trump presidency quietly. Hundreds of demonstrators across the U.S. hit the pavement during the day and evening Wednesday to protest the Republican's electoral victory.
California voters have approved Proposition 51, a $9-billion bond for school construction projects across the state.
The measure was leading 53.9% to 46.1%, according to election returns at 5 a.m. Wednesday, and the Associated Press has called the victory.
State funding to help finance repairs and new school facilities across California had run dry, and Proposition 51 will refill the pot. School construction needs billions of dollars every year, according to the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst's Office. With the new cash infusion, the state will once again match local district funding for construction projects.
California voters have approved a significant change of the rules in how proposed laws are approved by the Legislature, overwhelmingly supporting a new mandate for public review of legislation before any final vote.
The change in legislative rules was long discussed in the state Capitol but failed to gain momentum until the initiative written by a former GOP legislator and bankrolled by a wealthy Bay Area activist.