Ohio Sen. Rob Portman cruised to reelection on Tuesday, beating Democratic Ted Strickland in one of the few lopsided Senate races in a battleground state.
Democrats initially had high hopes of defeating Portman, but Strickland failed to raise money, faced a barrage of critical advertising by outside groups and lost the working-class white voters who had been his base.
In addition to Portman’s financial advantage over Strickland, the incumbent proved better than many GOP candidates at separating himself from Donald Trump without alienating the Republican presidential nominee’s supporters.
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.