The largest county in this state got slammed with voters who decided to cast ballots on Election Day rather than cast ballots during a two-week period of early voting.
That delay left the darling of the never-Trump movement, Evan McMullin, watching returns roll in with his wife while his campaign manager and campaign spokeswoman came out periodically to fire up the crowd of about 200 – many holding small American flags and munching on an array of snacks, from pretzels to a Utah staple, salt water taffy.
“As we sit here in this tense room, the country hangs in the balance,” Campaign Manager Joel Searby said. “I don’t know what’s going to happen yet – and I don’t know what’s going to happen in Utah.
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.