Newsom, Feinstein Bolster Democrat Hopes With Wins in California

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.

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