California - Governor

as of October 29

The Candidates

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Jerry Brown

  • Democrat
  • Birthdate: April 7, 1938
  • Residence: Oakland, CA

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Meg Whitman

  • Republican
  • Birthdate: August 4, 1956
  • Residence: Atherton, CA

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Previous Results

    California Governor (2006)

    Candidate Party Votes %
    Arnold Schwrzn REP 4,850,157 55.9%
    Phil Angelides DEM 3,376,732 38.9%
    Peter Camejo GRE 205,995 2.4%
    Art Olivier LIB 114,329 1.3%
    Janice Jordan PEA 69,934 0.8%
    Edward Noonan AME 61,901 0.7%

    U.S. President: California (2008)

    Candidate Party Votes %
    Barack Obama DEM 8,274,473 61.1%
    John McCain REP 5,011,781 37%
    Ralph Nader PEA 108,381 0.8%
    Bob Barr LIB 67,582 0.5%
    Alan Keyes AME 40,673 0.3%
    Cynthia McKinney GRE 38,774 0.3%

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Source: Associated Press

Recent Analysis

Oct 29, 2010

New Rothenberg Political Report Rating

Lean-D (was Toss-up)

    New NPR Rating

    Lean-D (was Toss-up)

      Oct 19, 2010

      Controversies Shake Up Calif. Race

      This is still a toss-up race, but in the controversies over "Nannygate" (the undocumented immigrant who spent nine years working for Republican Meg Whitman's family until she was fired in 2009) and "Whoregate" (a member of Democrat Jerry Brown's campaign suggested the word "whore" be thrown at Whitman for her dealings with a labor union), Brown seems to have come out on top. The contretemps came at a time when momentum was seemingly headed in Whitman's direction. Still toss-up, but with a slight lean to Brown. -Ken Rudin

        Oct 15, 2010

        New Sabato's Crystal Ball Rating

        Lean-D (was Toss-up)

          Aug 19, 2010

          A Showdown In The Golden State

          Incumbent Arnold Schwarzenegger (R), first elected in the special 2003 recall of Gov. Gray Davis (D), is term limited. The once and perhaps future movie star began his tenure with huge approval ratings. But that seems to be in the distant past, as the state's economic woes are just short of catastrophic, and Republicans -- especially conservative Republicans -- dislike the governor as much as Democrats.

          But as unpopular as the Governator is, the GOP is no worse than even money to retain the governorship. Their candidate is multi-millionaire Meg Whitman, the former CEO of eBay, who has already spent more than $100 million on her campaign -- a staggering amount, especially in a state that is in such financial peril. If Whitman represents the "new politics" -- this is her first race -- the opposite is true of her Democratic rival.

          State Attorney General Jerry Brown has been running for office for four decades. In 1970, Brown -- the son of former Gov. Pat Brown -- was elected secretary of state. Four years later, he succeeded Ronald Reagan for the first of his two terms as governor. He has also served as mayor of Oakland and state Democratic Party chairman, ran for the Senate and lost, and made three bids -- in 1976, 1980 and 1992 -- for president.

          Brown is 72, and if elected he would be the state's oldest governor. When he was first elected in 1974, he was its youngest. -Ken Rudin

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