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Everything old is new again in California, where Democrat Jerry Brown defeated big-spending GOP rival Meg Whitman and was elected governor, an office he held for two terms nearly 30 years ago.

The Los Angeles Times said Brown, the state's attorney general, was the projected winner only minutes after polls closed in California on Tuesday. Fox News also projected Brown to be the winner.

It was the most expensive gubernatorial race in state history, with Whitman, the former chief of eBay, spending upwards of $160 million -- more than $140 million of her own money. By comparison, Brown was a regular cheapskate, raising about $32 million.




Brown appeared victorious when addressing cheering supporters late Tuesday.

"They haven't counted all the the votes yet, but hell, it's good enough for government work," Brown said. "So it looks like we're going back again."

Brown promised to compromise with his political opponents while working to fix California.

"Tonight has not turned out quite as we had hoped," Whitman told supporters near Los Angeles. "I gave it my all, and so did you."

Whitman polled ahead of Brown for much of the race, blanketing the airwaves with ads attacking the Democrat as a political lifer. The ex-CEO touted her outsider status and business acumen as the combination needed to help close the state's $20 billion budget deficit and create jobs.

Brown, 72, pressed his experience in the statehouse, telling voters Sacramento needed someone who knows the ins and outs of government to solve the state's fiscal woes.

The Democrat slowly and steadily closed the polling gap, pulling ahead for good last month after Whitman made headlines when a former housekeeper alleged the Republican knowingly employed her as an illegal immigrant.

The campaign turned ugly in early October, when someone in the Brown
camp was caught on tape referring to the Republican as a "whore," suggesting she would make deals with special interest groups. Brown made a public apology.

When Brown was first elected in 1975 at age 36, he was one of the youngest governors in California history. Now he becomes the oldest. Brown ran for president twice, in 1980 and 1992, and also served as mayor of Oakland for two terms starting in 1996.

Brown received congratulations from the man he will succeed, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who did not endorse either candidate.

"Jerry has demonstrated his commitment to the people of California throughout a lifetime of public service as governor, mayor of Oakland and attorney general, and I pledge to work with his incoming administration to provide the most efficient and smooth transition of power possible for the people of California," Schwarzenegger said in a statement Tuesday night.

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gracar12

I would of voted for Meg Whitman, If she would of stuck to the issues, as to what she was going to do to help California, She never gave straight out answers what we should do, Also her whole campain was so negitave, Saying vicious things about Jerry Brown, That really hurt her integerty. Finally Jerry Brown did do a few adds striking back, I think the final blow, Was when her Illegal worker came out, She can,t be trusted to tell the truth, Brown is for legalizing imagration, I am too, Because we will have actual information on them And they will be paying taxes like us, And we will know how many are actually in California, I see Illegal Imagrents at all the Government finded Health Clinics with Medical Cards, Because their children are citizens, Because they are born here, Half don,t qualify, But there is no way to prove assets or anything, If they were legal then we would have Social Security Numbers, to see if they are qualified for California or Government free Services, It would only be for the ones already here, Any one else crossing the border, Would be deported,

November 03 2010 at 12:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
snrar

I 'am a native Californian and I know Jerry Brown very well , He got reelected because the unions were fighting tooth and nail to make sure that he won . It was dirty politics at it's best that brought Meg Whitman down not because Jerry is going to be a great Governor because he was not then and will be just as bad now . It will be business as usual in California and the Federal Government will have to bail us out for sure . We will be sinking into a lower level now for sure , For JERRY BROWN will not be doing what needs to be done to fix the state , Mark my words . Californians think taxes are high now wait and see what the democrats have in stored for us the next few months . I myself have had enough of California and think my retirement will have to be spent in another state for sure . I loved and miss the California of the past and it was fun but time to move on .

November 03 2010 at 11:54 AM Report abuse +6 rate up rate down Reply
jzc0266

If anyone knows Jerry Brown it must be Californians. Funny how non-Californians on this board seem to think they know him better. Talk about big spenders, look how much money Aunt Meg WASTED. The most ever blown on a gubernatorial campaign. Running Ebay doesn't qualify as much - Ebay runs itself. A ventriloquist dummy could run Ebay successfully. If you can't understand why they voted Jerry Brown in, it's simple: the alternative was Meg Whitman.

November 03 2010 at 10:27 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
billstrait2

yes now we all have a government that going to work for peoples go brown an peoples have spoken . you can't buy a seat thank god the peoples votes... thank you all 142 million this money used a diffence way by help peoples on our street. by buying foods. everyday i walk down any street in california peoples are lines up look for anything these are brothers an sister on street an for someone to take 142 million just throw make me sick .......

November 03 2010 at 9:48 AM Report abuse -4 rate up rate down Reply
Dave

The people of California need to examine the drinking water to find the reasons why they are so stupid. Every few years the Marijuana issue comes on a ballot. They have more illegals working then legal citizens. The liberal views are incredibly scary. And now they re-elect a former Governor who they recalled and didn't want. I mean these fools really have to put on the brakes and see that things are bad in that state and their ridiculous choices are hurting more then helping

November 03 2010 at 9:32 AM Report abuse +7 rate up rate down Reply
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firstad

Governor Brown was never recalled. You are confusing him with Gray Davis. There are more illegal aliens in California than any other state, but they are not the majority employed. As to ridiculous choices, Whitman didn't even know how many counties there are in California. She didn't vote in the past at all, didn't ever show the voters what it was she was going to actually do with the process to improve our state, and on the pension front was cherry picking which groups would be left alone when the pension mess has to be sorted out. Brown knows the names of the people in the Senate and Assembly. He knows the budget inside and out. He actually can form a consensus when it comes to governing, and it won't take him two years to get up to speed.

November 03 2010 at 11:57 AM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
rinconmd

All that money that Whitman just wasted. Is that SAD or what??? I think she can now write that off on her taxes, which is NOT fair!! That cash could have helped people in need. Very sad election when they waste money like this, which happened all over the country.

November 03 2010 at 9:17 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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ohringen

Actually Whitman didn't waste any money. Whitman spent 140 million dollars. It actually helped California businesses in the long run. Giving away money makes no sense. Takers will always be takers. We have millions of lazy people that wish to acquire nothing in life. It's not their style. They would rather not live from hand to mouth on food stamps or soup kitchens and enjoy their life. Their motto is to let someone else pay for it, after-all they did not ask to be here. As far as helping people in need? All people have a need to some extent. Money must be earned.

November 03 2010 at 11:39 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
Linda

I cannot believe how STUPID the people in California are! Jerry Brown was Governor before and he was nothing great. The state has been in turmoil for years, and years, and years, and nothing has changed and Brown won't change jack. He did nothing great back then, and I am sure he won't do anything great now. California is doomed with all it's Liberal and Democratic freaks thinking that Brown will be something great. How stupid. Gosh, lets see.....will Linda Rhondstandt be at his side again? I think not! Ha, what a joke on California this is.

November 03 2010 at 8:58 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
Don Mayer

California will be a nice case study to watch over the next two years compared to Congress. While I suspect I'll see folks being paid to collet "Recall Jerry" signatures; a unified approach between the Governor and State Assembly will be able to put partisan politics behind and collectively solve problems. In contrast, does anyone really see any positive movement coming out of Washingtion? The Republician new definition of compromise: Agree with me. I look forward to being proven wrong; unfortunately, in politics a 0 - 0 tie is a loss.

November 03 2010 at 8:35 AM Report abuse -4 rate up rate down Reply
Changling

I'm glad Brown won. He is just what you people deserve. When you begin migrating east to escape the hell that will be California in just a little while remember the signs that greeted your grandparents 80 years ago. No movers welcome here, move along.

November 03 2010 at 7:08 AM Report abuse -4 rate up rate down Reply
Bill

Another race where Illiegals, make up half the ballots, Only in California and Mass, can anyone of this character win. I look forward to seeing California fall off the cliff. They deserve it.

November 03 2010 at 6:53 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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monliban67

i agree with u bill

November 03 2010 at 11:07 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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