8:54 p.m. Festive atmosphere at Jackie Lacey's Union Station party
Seventies funk blasted through Union Station Tuesday night as several hundred supporters of L.A. County district attorney candidate Jackie Lacey awaited her arrival.
If she wins, Lacey makes history as Los Angeles’ first female and first African-American DA.
Moments ago, the crowd cheered the news that absentee vote tallies (but no precincts reporting) show Lacey ahead with 56.5 percent of the votes to Jackson’s 43.9 percent.
— Stephanie O'Neill
8:49 p.m.: Hopeful scene at Riverside Congressional Candidate Mark Takano's HQ
Supporters of 41st Congressional District Democratic candidate Mark Takano are crowding into the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers union hall in Riverside to watch election results and, they hope, celebrate their candidate’s victory.
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US President Barack Obama (L) and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney finish their debate at the University of Denver in Denver, Colorado, October 3, 2012.
8:55 p.m. (AP) — President Barack Obama has been re-elected to a second term, defeating Republican Mitt Romney in a hard-fought race in which the economy was the dominant issue.
Voters decided to give Obama another four years of stewardship over an economy that is slowly recovering from the recession.
Obama captured battleground states including Ohio, Iowa and Colorado on his way to the 270 electoral votes he needed.
Romney unsuccessfully campaigned on the theme that his business background gave him the experience needed to guide the nation out of tough economic times.
Obama will again be dealing with a divided Congress. Democrats maintained control of the Senate and Republicans likely will again control the House. Among the most pressing matters is the so-called fiscal cliff of tax hikes and spending cuts scheduled to hit in January. Economists have warned that if they aren't averted, the nation could face another recession.
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How to add keywords to Tweetdeck so you can filter out the "noise" of Election Day
While social media tools like Twitter can be wonderful for instantly gaging the pulse of a large amount of people, it can also be terribly annoying if you aren't interested in the converation of the day.
On Tweetdeck, for example, all you have to do is click the icon that looks like a gear, then click Settings, and then click Global Filter. Then type in the word you want to be filtered out and click Add Filter. Repeat that last step over and over using different words and suddenly you're back to reading about "The Walking Dead", the Lakers, and Lindsay Lohan's latest run in with the law.
Wired has 20 good keywords (like Obama, Romney, ballot, voted, etc.) that will do a decent job for Twitter users nationally, but here in Los Angeles we have some specific words that should be added to their list.
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Workers at the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder County Elections Operations Center pack materials to be delivered to polling places into ballot boxes on October 23, 2008 in the Los Angeles-area community of Santa Fe Springs, California. Citizens in 31 states including California have begun early voting in the November 4 presidential election.
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Rhys Buchele, left, and Serena Cline wait in line to vote at the George G. Golleher Alumni House during the 2012 presidential elections at Cal State University, Fullerton in Fullerton, Calif., Tuesday, November 6, 2012. Local residents were given a chance to vote at the polling location at the university campus.
After today's election, registrars of voter will be busy tonight counting ballots and sharing tallies with the public. Can't wait to have some fun with Election Day numbers? Here are some early "returns," courtesy of the Secretary of State:
- 18,245,970 is the number of Californians registered to vote for the November 6 election.
- The U.S. Postal Service must be happy this month: County elections officials report that they issued 9.1 million vote-by-mail ballots. That's a lot of envelope-licking.
- About 51% of all California voters are expected to vote-by-mail this election. If true, it would be the first time the number of mail-in ballots surpasses the number of ballots cast in precincts in the state, according to AP.
- We have 24,491 precincts throughout the state’s 58 counties, ranging from schools to garages in homes.