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 19% of precincts reporting, Hahn was winning with 55% of the vote, while Steve Napolitano was pulling in 45%. That total also includes a partial count of mail-in ballots.
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.
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.