GOP wins in California gubernatorial race
NEW YORK — GOP Gov.
Gavin Newsom and Lt.
Kamala Harris on Tuesday defeated Democratic challengers in the California gubernatorial primary, giving them a sweeping victory over two years of Republican dominance in the state.
Newsom, a Democrat, easily won a closely watched race that pitted him against Lt.
Governor Kamala Dean, a Republican, in a race that is expected to set a precedent in California politics for Democrats who lose a race in the governor’s race.
Harris, a California Democrat, lost her bid for governor by just 638 votes, while Lt.
Chief of Staff Brian Schatz of the state Department of Corrections won in a tight race.
In a narrow primary race that saw the state’s two biggest cities with the largest African-American populations, Newsom edged Dean by fewer than 5,000 votes.
The results in the Democratic-dominated state are the closest races since the 2016 election.
Democrats say the results underscore that California has become a major battleground for Democrats, which is the first time in decades that a statewide election has been held by a Democratic governor and the first presidential contest in California since the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
The Associated Press