A Blast From the Past Wins California
Democrat Jerry Brown wins third term in three decades
The results are in for the California Governor’s race. Replacing Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger will be Democrat Jerry Brown. This will be Brown’s third term as governor of California—a position he last held 35 years ago!
Brown served two terms as governor in the 1980s. He is allowed to be governor for a third term because the law prohibiting more than two terms did not exist when he was Governor the first time.
Brown is currently California’s Attorney General. He has served numerous other elected positions in the state, including Mayor of Oakland. His father, Pat Brown, was also a California Governor.
With the support of President Barack Obama and the endorsement of former President Bill Clinton, Brown was able to win a mostly Democratic state with about 3.9 million votes.
California now has Democrats in two of its major postions. Barbara Box won re-election as Senator.
Brown’s opponent Meg Whitman received 41 to 42 percent of the vote. Whitman is the former head of eBay. This was her first time to run for public office. She spent a record of more than $140 million dollars on the campaign, most of the funds coming out of her own pocket.
PHOTO: Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown speaks at his campaign party at the Fox Theater, November 2, 2010 in Oakland, California. (Photo: Ray Chavez/Oakland Tribune/MCT/NewsCom)