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Former Republican frontrunner Herman Cain
Obama Re-Elected: President Barack Obama was re-elected the 44th President of the United States of America.
Jackie Lacey elected D.A. of L.A.: Jackie Lacey became the first woman and first African-American to be elected the District Attorney of Los Angeles County.
Councilman Herb Wesson makes history: Herb Wesson became the first African-American to be elected as the President of the Los Angeles City Council.
Chairman Mark Ridley – Thomas: Supervisor Mark Ridley – Thomas became the first Black Chairman of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.
Nolan Rollins—Rollins replaces Blair Taylor as the Los Angeles Urban League president
Maxine Waters vindicated—The House Ethics Committee cleared Rep. Maxine Waters, of wrongdoing following a two-year investigation into allegations that she improperly helped out a bank in which her husband was an investor. Later, House Democrats appointed the congresswoman as the top Democrat on the House Financial Services Committee, which deals with national banking issues
Herman Cain came to the top and flopped—initially thought to be the Republican frontrunner for the 2012 presidential election, Cain dropped out of the race amidst accusations of sexual harassment and a 13 year extramarital affair