While the nation swings right, Richmond swings left

A Donald Trump piñata is tossed around among Richmond High School students during a protest on Nov. 9. Photo by Angeline Bernabe.

As the Republican Party swept into power nationally and the country watched its politics become more conservative overnight a week ago, Richmond had one of its most progressive elections ever—passing a rent control measure and giving the city’s leftist political faction majority control over the City Council.

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Richmond reacts to Trump victory

Richmond residents watch Donal Trump become elected as U.S. President at the Up and Under Bar in Point Richmond. Bay Area native Shannon Pucker said, ""It feels like the end of the world. Like a huge, dark cloud is covering America. You ever see that movie Independence Day? It's like that. I feel like my soul hurts." Photo by Alex Orlando.

After a major upset, Donald Trump has won the Presidential election. Richmond residents and candidates at campaign headquarters and election-watching parties tonight said they were disturbed by Trump’s victory and the implications of his presidency for local issues.

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