The long, grueling 18-month ordeal, known as the 2016 Presidential Race, came to a surprising end on Tuesday when Republican Donald Trump defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton in his bid for the White House.
Trump won major swing states, and even turned some blue states red, winning 279 electoral votes to Clinton’s 228. In California, however, the numbers were very different. Clinton ended up with 61.5% of the vote to Trump’s 33.2 %.
Appearing before a crowd in New York, Clinton said, “This is painful and will be for a long time.” She added, “Donald Trump is going to be our president … I hope that he will be a successful president for all Americans."
There was better news for Democrats in other races. California State Attorney General Kamala Harris won 62.5% of the votes against her opponent and fellow Democrat Loretta Sanchez in the U.S. Senate race.
Congresswoman Maxine Waters easily won re-election against her opponent with 75.5% of the vote. Assemblyman Isadore Hall lost his bid for Congress in a close race against his opponent, ending with 48.8% in District 44.
Former Inglewood Assemblymember Steve Bradford won the state senate race in District 35 with 91%. Current Inglewood Assemblymember Autumn Burke easily won re-election with 77.5% in the 62nd District. Sebastian Ridley-Thomas was also re-elected in his 54th Assembly District.
Californians voted on several state propositions worth noting.
Voters said yes to school bonds, the Medi-Cal hospital fee program, public display of legislative bills online, tax extensions, tobacco tax, early release for some felons, bi-lingual education requirements, amending a Supreme Court Decision allowing political spending by corporations, background checks to purchase ammunition and a ban on large-capacity ammunition magazines, legalization of recreational marijuana use, changes to death penalty procedures and a ban on single-use plastic bags.
They said no to revenue bonds, requiring adult film stars to use condoms, paying higher rates for prescription drugs for veterans, repealing the death penalty and charges on carryout bags