Los Angeles County voters actually voted to end the death penalty, backing Proposition 34 by a wide margin of 1,191,545. or 54.04 percent Yes, to 1,013,477, or 45.96 percent No. But the local vote was not nearly enough to overcome statewide sentiment as a half-million more No than Yes votes poured in on Election Night.
Proposition 34 failed 4,269,535, or 47.2 percent Yes to 4,776,815, or 52.8 percent No.
The defeat will be a hard one to swallow for its champions, the American Civil Liberties Union and Amnesty International among them.
Here in Los Angeles, some will be cheering the proposition's defeat: the Association for Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs and Los Angeles Police Protective League donated $20,000 and $10,000, respectively.