Jerry Brown will be the first four-term governor in the history of California. The septuagenerian incumbent declared victory after his Republican opponent, Neel Kashkari, called to concede.
Governor Brown's ballot measures 1 (the water bond) and 2 (the rainy day fund) passed easily, Propositions 45 and 46 cracking down on insurers and doctors failed by large margins, Proposition 47 to reduce many felonies to misdemeanors sailed to victory, and in a historic turnabout toward Indian casinos California voters walloped Proposition 48 that would have allowed a casino on non-reservation land.
In a nationally watched race for California Superintendent of Public Instruction that drew over $10 million in outside spending, incumbent Tom Torlakson — holding a seat where the incumbent has long been safe — only narrowly beat school-reformer upstart Marshall Tuck, by 4 percentage points. In another unusual show of voter angst, the nationwide GOP wave nearly reached California as Democrats Alex Padilla and Betty Yee only very narrowly beat moderate Republicans Pete Peterson and Ashley Swearingen for Secretary of State and State Controller.
And here in our humble burg of Los Angeles, Jim McDonnell obliterated scandal-weakened Paul Tanaka in the Sheriff's race, and Sheila Kuehl beat Bobby Shriver for a seat on the all-powerful L.A. County Board of Supervisors.
See below for election results:
100% ( 24,435 of 24,435 ) of precincts reporting.
Edmund G. “Jerry” Brown, D: 58.7%
Neel Kashkari, R: 41.3%
Ron Nehring, R: 44.1%
Gavin Newsom, D: 55.9%
Secretary of State
Alex Padilla, D: 52.5%
Pete Peterson, R: 47.5%
Ashley Swearengin, R: 47.2%
Betty T. Yee, D: 52.8%
See also: National GOP Wave Almost Hits California
John Chiang, D: 57.7%
Greg Conlon, R: 42.3%
Ronald Gold, R: 43.7%
Kamala D. Harris, D: 56.3%
Ted Gaines, R: 43.7%
Dave Jones, D: 56.3%
Superintendent of Public Instruction
Tom Torlakson, D: 52.1%
Marshall Tuck, D: 47.9%
Proposition 1: Water Bond
Proposition 2: Rainy Day Fund
Proposition 45: Insurance Rates
Proposition 46: Medical Malpractice Limits
See also: Consumer Watchdog Gets Blown Out on Health Care Propositions 45 and 46
Proposition 47: Reduced Penalties for Some Crimes
Proposition 48: Indian Gaming Casino
100% ( 5,027 of 5,027) precincts reporting.
Paul Tanaka: 25.17%
John Morris: 49.48%
Jeffrey Prang: 50.52%
Measure P: Parks
L.A. County Board of Supervisors, District 3
Sheila Kuehl: 52.78%
Bobby Shriver: 47.22%
100%( 982 of 982 ) precincts reporting.