A Republican wave swept across the United States last night, as a reenergized GOP reclaimed control of the House and made substantial gains in the Senate. Wait, it gets better: A number of far right Tea Party insurgents were voted into office as well.
President Obama acknowledged the beating his party took at the polls, calling the results "humbling" and pledging to "work harder" to build consensus.
Here in California, the widespread Republican electoral success stopped at the border. Democrat Jerry Brown cruised to an easy victory in the Governor's race and incumbent U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer (D) will be going back to Washington for a fourth term.
California's environmental ballot measures yielded mixed results. The most important one, Prop. 23, lost badly, as voters hollered a resounding "Hell NO!" to dirty energy interests. Here's how the results of the other environment-related ballot initiatives looked:
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Photo: Voters fill out ballots in Los Angeles. Genaro Molina/Los Angeles Times