SACRAMENTO, Calif. – California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom won his bid to become the Golden State’s next governor, the first time a Democrat has succeeded another Democrat in the state’s top slot since the 1880s.
Newsom beat Republican John Cox, who conceded shortly after 9:30 p.m. At that time, Newsom had 56 percent of the vote to Cox’s 44 percent.
In the U.S. Senate race, incumbent Democrat Dianne Feinstein beat out an inter-party challenge from California state Sen. Kevin de Leon, 54-46.
Various U.S. House races Democrats hoped to flip remained too close to call less than two hours after polls closed.