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Live blog: Obama vs. Romney — The view from Southern California on election day


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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.


Tired of the Election Day: keywords to put in Twitter apps so you can ignore democracy

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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.

But third-party Twitter apps like Tweetdeck, HootSuite and Tweetbot can easily filter out specific keywords so you can go back to reading only about the topics of importance to you.

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.


Tell us if you had problems voting today and we'll share it (map)

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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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Did you know? California Election Day facts, figures & trivia

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Matt Caudillo casts his vote while his daughter looks on at Yorkdale Elementary School in Highland Park on November 6, 2012

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Voters fill out ballots at the McDonald's Play Room in Hollywood on November 6th, 2012.

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Voters slowly made their way into the voting booths for the 2012 presidential election at Grace Church Of Orange in Orange, Calif., Tuesday, November 6, 2012.

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Misbah Dadabhoy prepares to cast her vote in the general election at Southwestern Academy in San Marino on November 6, 2012

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Gloria Reyes leaves a polling station at Yorkdale Elementary School in Highland Park after casting her vote in the general election on November 6, 2012.

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Emmet Tompkins of San Marino casts his ballot at a polling place in San Marino.

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A house in South Pasadena flies a banner of support for presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

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Voters fill out ballots at the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Hollywood on November 6th, 2012.

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Voters in Hollywood vote at the Fire Station 6 on November 6th, 2012.

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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.


Maven's Morning Coffee: More problems for the sheriff, Congressional races to watch, Measure V in Orange County

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The Los Angeles Times reports that promotions were manipulated within the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

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Today is Tuesday, Nov. 6, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


Promotions within the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department may have been manipulated, according to the Los Angeles Times. "Retired Sheriff's Chief Ronnie Williams said that about 2004, Paul Tanaka and Larry Waldie — the current and former undersheriffs — ordered him 'to make sure certain individuals were promoted to lieutenant and certain individuals were not promoted to lieutenant'," according to the newspaper.

KPCC has a rundown of the Congressional races to watch tonight.