Here’s 10 things about Tuesday’s election

California Flag 3Tuesday’s election upended everything most experts thought they knew about politics, when Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton to become the next president with one of the most unconventional campaigns ever. 

But down the ballot, 10 things stood out.

  • Nearly 50,000 people voted for Roger Hernandez, a termed-out Democratic assemblyman from West Covina who had been running for Congress until he suspended his campaign after he was placed under a domestic violence restraining order and was stripped of his committee assignments.

  • Congressman Darrell Issa seems to have won re-election. Although it’s still close and the Los Angeles Times had not yet called the race, Issa maintains a nearly 4,000-vote lead over Democrat Doug Applegate. This isn’t noteworthy because Issa was vulnerable and squeaked out a win. It was noteworthy because Issa, the richest member of Congress, wasn’t seen as vulnerable. The Vista Republican, in his 15th year in Congress, has been one of the most high-profile Republicans over the last few years as a constant thorn in the side of the Obama administration. But as national money started flowing to Applegate and an endorsement of Donald Trump appeared to be weighing Issa down, the race tightened.  

  • As long as these results hold, Rep. Mike Honda, D-San Jose, will be the only incumbent in California’s 53-person congressional delegation to lose. Fellow Democrat, Ro Khanna of Fremont, finished what he started in 2014, when he first challenged Honda.

  • A reminder that California is not as uniformly progressive as it often seems: Voters upheld the death penalty as the maximum sentence for murder. Even more surprising is that a measure to speed up death penalty appeals is clinging to a two-point lead in the returns.

  • Republicans appear to have held their seats in the state Senate, beating back a Democratic supermajority. Everything hinges on a Southern California district that extends from Cypress to West Covina to Chino Hills, where Republican Ling Ling Chang, a sitting assemblywoman, is holding an almost two-point lead over Democrat Josh Newman. 

  • But in the Assembly, Republicans lost three seats, dipping below one-third of the chamber. In the Los Angeles South Bay, David Hadley was knocked out by former Democratic Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi. In Orange County, Young Kim trails former Democratic Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva. And in the Inland Empire, Eric Linder is losing to Sabrina Cervantes.

  • While no Senate incumbents of either party were defeated, five incumbent Assembly members either lost or trail. That includes the Republicans, Linder, Kim and Quirk-Silva, along with two Democrats who lost intraparty challenges. Cheryl Brown, the Inland Empire incumbent, lost to Eloise Reyes in a proxy war between environmentalists and unions that opposed Brown and Big Oil and charter schools that supported her. In the San Fernando Valley, Patty Lopez was ousted after the Democratic Party endorsed her challenger, former Democratic Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra, who also had major support from outside business interests.

  • Orange County, the traditional Republican stronghold, voted for Hillary Clinton for president. According to The Orange County Register, the county hadn’t supported a Democrat for president since the Great Depression. That result reflects a consistent slide in Republican registration in the county, which has persisted for decades.

  • Speaking of Orange County, Democratic Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez lost her home county in the U.S. Senate race by 9.6 points. Sanchez has represented Orange County in Congress since she was first elected in 1996.

  • And speaking of the U.S. Senate race, more that 1.1 million people sat it out. The race made headlines after the June primary, when no Republicans advanced to the general election — a byproduct of the state’s relatively new primary system where the top two candidates advance regardless of party. Sanchez lost to Attorney General Kamala Harris, a fellow Democrat.


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  1. Dawn Urbanek
    Dawn Urbanek 9 November, 2016, 20:00

    California is as corrupt as wiki leaks showed the Clintons to be- Just like the Clintons,..

    The State of California is Funneling Taxpayer Money to Foundations Through the K-12 Public Education System to Fund Political Campaigns like YES on Prop 51 – YES on Prop 55 and YES on Prop 58

    Follow the Money

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    • Joe
      Joe 10 November, 2016, 20:25

      Nobody cares.

      And the voters will always pass more bonds. (The state bonds passed and over 85% of local bond measures passed.)

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  2. Queeg
    Queeg 9 November, 2016, 20:20


    “What difference does it make?”

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    • Dawn
      Dawn 9 November, 2016, 22:33

      DO you not think the sun has gotten a bit brighter with the election of Donald Trump – we have changed course…

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  3. Ghettoman
    Ghettoman 9 November, 2016, 22:12

    We are on our way to the third world. Safe spots for students, bathrooms for any sex at anytime you feel different, Spanish being taught as the main language in school, politically correct speech only, Gavin Newsome’s grotesque smile, wow, we are really having fun. Suddenly I feel like 1984.

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  4. Spurwing Plover
    Spurwing Plover 10 November, 2016, 07:56

    Whine,whine,whine go he liberals uphold the death penalty and end all those stupid number of appeals .Queeg the language of the snowflake at have already mentioned it WHINE,WHINE,WHINE

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  5. Rick
    Rick 10 November, 2016, 09:37

    Trump is an old school democrat. Back when they cared about the working man not the globalist ultra rich elitist and intellectuals.

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    • Queeg
      Queeg 10 November, 2016, 12:42

      Comrade Rick

      You betcha……my five Uncles, all WW2 overseas combat vets, were tough, raw, real patriots.

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    • T Trump Steele
      T Trump Steele 12 November, 2016, 21:15

      RICK— a good point! I have enjoyed his post election statemente and walk backs of some of the nonsense— Trump is going to be a dissappointment for the GOP!

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  6. Michael
    Michael 10 November, 2016, 19:16

    I look forward to Trump defunding the California Sanctuary cities and Jerry’s not so high speed rail. Some additional fun would be for the Feds to demand repayment of the unemployment loan. If we are fortunate Donald will eliminate the tax credit for Tessa and Solar City.

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    • Queeg
      Queeg 10 November, 2016, 20:59

      Comrade Mikie

      Ryan and President Trump want to block grant Medical dollars forcing Commissars in California to locally manage Medical dollars…..will BK California, for the state is a magnet for the poor somehow-

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  7. Michael
    Michael 10 November, 2016, 19:17

    I look forward to Trump defunding the California Sanctuary cities and Jerry’s not so high speed rail. Some additional fun would be for the Feds to demand repayment of the unemployment loan. If we are fortunate Donald will eliminate the tax credit for Tesla and Solar City.

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  8. Bill Gore
    Bill Gore 10 November, 2016, 19:33

    Baby boomer ponytails went down in flames.
    Kiss the conservative ring. Now.

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    • T Ted Trump-Steele
      T Ted Trump-Steele 12 November, 2016, 21:19

      The Donald is a dem dummy! Already backpeddling on some of his wilder nonsense like ACA, the wall and the Iranian deal—- I might like this old Dem after all…

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  9. Truthafuss
    Truthafuss 11 November, 2016, 10:10

    Californians might take a deep breath and grow up?

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  10. Mike
    Mike 13 November, 2016, 03:09

    To the illegals protesting saying “not my president”, you are very correct. Now, get the f out, and go ask “your” president for free chese.

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  11. Impy
    Impy 13 November, 2016, 19:57

    Trump says deport 2-3 million illegal criminals. There goes Hillary ‘s popular vote advantage.

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  12. Impy
    Impy 15 November, 2016, 18:29

    Ted, I am 100% certain illegal criminals vote in California. I have one in my garage. He is wearing a “I am fukd” sticker.

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