Newsom and Dahle advance in California governor race
Governor Gavin Newsom votes on Election Day – Campaign Image
Sacramento, Calif. — Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom was the top voter in Tuesday’s primary election and will face Republican state Sen. Brian Dahle in November.
Newsom received 56% of the primary votes and Dahle just under 17%. Independent Michael Shellenberger was a distant third with 3.7%. The first two voters, regardless of party, advance to the November runoff.
In response to the results, Newsom said, “Across the country, Republicans are attacking our basic rights as Americans. Destroy democracy, deprive a woman of the right to choose and stand idly by while gun violence claims far too many lives. California is the leading antidote with compassion, common sense, and science, cherishing diversity, championing democracy, and protecting our planet.
Meanwhile, Dahle said: “We are now moving forward to fight for the future. Tonight changes everything. In the weeks ahead, I will give Californians a clear vision of a prosperous California. Californians are reeling from bad policies that make it impossible to afford to live here. People who work by the hour or who live on a fixed income are crushed. California’s energy policies make everything more expensive. We deserve a safe California where the laws are enforced and violent criminals are not released sooner. Not building water infrastructure for decades, forcing us to ration ourselves and skyrocketing food prices is a travesty.
In Tuolumne County, Newsom won 41% of the vote and Dahle 31%. In Calaveras County, Newsom had 39% and Dahle 28%.
Meanwhile, Democratic incumbent US Senator Alex Padilla easily qualified for a runoff with Republican challenger Mark Meuser.