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Primary Election Scorecard: Tech CEOs Grab GOP Noms, San Franciscans Take the Lead
Statewide results are already coming in and here's what we know, as of the midnight hour:
- Governor: In the most watched race, former eBay CEO Meg Whitman beat Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner. "Jerry Brown has spent a lifetime in politics, and the results have not been good. Failure seems to follow Jerry everywhere he goes," Whitman said in her election night speech in Universal City, taking a jab at her opponent, who easily won the Democrat nomination. Speaking at L.A. Live tonight, Brown called the GOP race a "billionaires' demolition derby" and called them out for setting "a national record of waste and excessive spending."
- Lt. Governor: San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom easily beat L.A. City Councilmember Janice Hahn. "I was so humbled by all the support I received. And I really enjoyed using this experience to educate people about the role of the Lieutenant Governor in California," said Hahn, who definitely made a point of sharing what the position is all about. Appointed incumbent Abel Maldonado won the Republican nomination.
- Attorney General: Beating out former Facebook exec Chris Kelly and former L.A. City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo, San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris will then face L.A. County District Attorney Steve Cooley in November.
- U.S. Senator: Former Hewlett-Packard CEO and Sarah Palin favorite Carly Fiorina took the Republican nomination and will face incumbent Barbara Boxer.
- Prop 13: It passed. As the LA Times explains, it's "an amendment to the state Constitution to allow property owners to seismically retrofit existing buildings without having property taxes on those buildings reassessed."
- Prop 14: It also passed. It "allows voters to choose any candidate in a primary election regardless of party affiliation and sets the stage for the top two vote-getters to face each other in the general election," explained Capitol Weekly.