The outcomes of some hotly contested races remain in doubt, but election day has come and gone — and our political future looks to be as turbulent as the recent past.
Nationally, we’ll have a more conservative U.S. Senate — the Republicans are on track to hold more than their current 51 of the 100 seats — and a House of Representatives where the Democrats have regained the majority with seats to spare. This means Rep. Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco could again be House speaker and be even more of a thorn in the side of President Trump.
But Democrats’ hopes of a blue wave were dashed. Red states keep getting redder; ask outgoing Sens. Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Claire McCaskill of Missouri and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, all Democrats.
Within California, by contrast, we’re awash in a sea of blue: Gavin Newsom easily defeated John Cox, who was endorsed by Trump via tweet. Dianne Feinstein will be sworn in for her fifth full term at age 85.
No Republican running for statewide office appears likely to log more than 45 percent of the vote. That said, there was at least one surprise in the state ballot measures. Prop. 5, which would have allowed homeowners 55 and older to keep their Prop. 13-level property taxes, lost handily — suggesting that people don’t always vote their pocketbook.
Then there’s San Francisco, where the progressives may win a clear majority on the Board of Supervisors — though what passes as “moderate” here would be classified as wild-eyed liberal in much of the nation. Prop. C, which would boost two business taxes to double the funding for homeless service, took 60 percent of the vote. And if you’re a fan of the ever-picturesque Embarcadero, you are not alone — more than three-quarters of the electorate supported a $425 million bond to begin a seismic upgrade.
This barely skims the surface of a night where, I would guess, everyone who cares about the current state of affairs found much to love and much to loathe. The full results await you here.
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