San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom Wins Lt. Governor Race

Although he made an early attempt to run for Governor, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom dropped out of the race last year, making way for Governor-elect Jerry Brown. He later decided to run for Lt. Governor, which proved to be a successful move on Tuesday. Both the Associated Press and LA Times declared the 43-year-old as the winner against incumbent Abel Maldonado, who had yet to concede, during the early hours of Wednesday.

"Newsom will now assume a job he once derided as powerless before running for the job," explained the Times. "The lieutenant governor serves as a member of the University of California Board of Regents and California State University Board of Trustees, as well as other boards and commissions. But the job has relatively few constitutional responsibilities and is seen largely as a way station for ambitious politicians."

Newsom faced Los Angeles City Councilmember Janice Hahn in the Democratic primary.