Paulette Wyant doesn't own a dart gun and doesn't plan to buy one. The Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton bobblehead dolls she won in The Californian's Pick the Winners contest this month will share a shelf of honor in her home, despite the fact her candidate lost.

Two days after the 2016 presidential election, Bakersfield residents still have mixed opinions about the new president-elect. On Thursday, The Californian headed to a busy shopping center to talk to readers about their opinions and what they are hoping for in the future.

Despite sagging polls and predictions ballot fatigue would doom school bonds, those measures overwhelmingly passed Tuesday, shattering local records as almost $1.4 billion in construction funding was approved countywide.

Karen Goh, the energetic, quick-talking nonprofit CEO, widened her lead over former homebuilder Kyle Carter in the race for Bakersfield mayor early Wednesday.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama pledged on Wednesday to work for a smooth transition of power with president-elect Donald Trump, the Republican winner of Tuesday's election, who has promised to undo Obama's top domestic and foreign policy initiatives.

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Wednesday conceded her election loss to Republican Donald Trump and said she offered to work with the president-elect.

(Reuters) - Republican Donald Trump stunned the world by defeating heavily favored rival Hillary Clinton in Tuesday's presidential election, ending eight years of Democratic control of the White House and sending the United States on a new, uncertain path.

WASHINGTON, Nov 9 (Reuters) - Democratic President Barack Obama called Republican Donald Trump to congratulate him on his election victory early on Wednesday and invited him to the White House on Thursday to discuss the transition of power, the White House said.

Republican Donald Trump stunned the world on Tuesday by defeating heavily favored Hillary Clinton in the race for the White House, ending eight years of Democratic rule and sending the United States on a new, uncertain path.

Andrae Gonzales, a rising star among local Democrats, surged to a lead against incumbent City Councilman Terry Maxwell in their race to preside over Ward 2, which encompasses the city's downtown and oldest neighborhoods.

California voters agreed to significantly increase the tax on cigarettes and vaping devices, but similar measures fell short in Colorado, North Dakota and Missouri, according to late Tuesday vote tallies.

Local school bonds enjoyed wide support in Kern County Tuesday, with 10 out of 11 bond measures passing, setting records across the region as voters approved almost $1.4 billion in spending on school construction.

Republican Vince Fong easily captured the 34th Assembly District seat while his longtime boss, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, coasted to re-election Tuesday night in two of several uncompetitive but still noteworthy local races on the ballot.

PHOENIX — Veteran Arizona lawman Joe Arpaio, a Republican who gained national prominence for his hard-line stance against illegal immigration, conceded defeat on Tuesday in his bid for a seventh term as the sheriff of the state's most populous county.

Ballot measures to legalize recreational marijuana for adults were headed for enactment in California and Massachusetts on Tuesday, while voters in Florida and two smaller states appeared to have approved initiatives permitting medical use of cannabis.

Longtime Bakersfield Planning Commissioner Jeffrey Tkac, a reserve police officer who proposed a mounted police patrol downtown, was winning a three-way race to represent the far southwest on the Bakersfield City Council with 51 percent of the vote.

NEW YORK — Republican Donald Trump held slight leads in the vital battleground states of Florida, Virginia, North Carolina and Ohio on Tuesday, clinging to a narrow advantage over Democrat Hillary Clinton in key states that could decide their race for the White House.

WASHINGTON/PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) — Voters and civil rights groups reported long lines, isolated cases of malfunctioning equipment and some harassment at polling places in Tuesday's U.S. presidential election, but fears of widespread violence at the polls did not materialize.