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+Gavin Newsom (D)
7,721,410
61.95%
John Cox (R)
4,742,825
38.05%

12,464,235

Eligible 25,200,451   Registered 19,696,371   Dem. 8,557,427 (43.45%)   Rep. 4,735,054 (24.04%)   AI 506,364   Grn. 89,517   Lib. 149,095   P&F 74,865  Unknown 53,864   Other 108,578   NPP 5,419,607 (27.52%)

Plurality 2,978,585 votes (23.90 percentage points)




Notes: 
In the race to succeed term-limited Gov. Jerry Brown (D), Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) had little difficulty defeating businessman John Cox (R).  In heavily Democratic California, Newsom was seen as certain to win in November; for Cox to have changed that narrative would have required, if not a miracle, an extraordinary series of events.

The general election campaign was set in the June 5 primary.  California has a top-two primary.  Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom (D), who had the support of many in the Democratic establishment, was seen as certain to finish first, so the question was who would finish second; would he face a Republican or another Democrat in the November general election.  As expected, Newsom won the primary, garnering more than 2.3 million votes or 33.7%; businessman John Cox, boosted among Republican voters by the endorsement of President Trump, finished a surprising second with somewhat less than 1.8 million votes or 25.4%. 

There was one debate on Oct. 8 on radio in a special edition of KQED Forum from KQED studios and San Francisco (+).

According to the National Institute on Money in Politics, the Newsom campaign tallied contributions of $41.9 million compared to $12.3 million for Cox (+).



Campaign Managers:
Gavin Newsom:  Addisu Demissie
(Sept. 2017)  Consultant at 50+1 Strategies since Feb. 2011.  Vice president and director of grassroots advocacy at The Messina Group, Feb. 2014-Feb. 2017.  National voter outreach and mobilization director at Hillary for America, Mar. Nov. 2016.  Field director at Chicago for Rahm Emanuel, Oct. 2010-Feb. 2011.  Policy counsel at Google, May-Oct. 2010.  Political director at Organizing for America/DNC, Feb. 2009-May 2010.  Ohio GOTV director at Obama for America, Aug.-Nov. 2008.   Worked on Hillary Clinton for President during the primaries, 2007-08.  Georgia field director on the Kerry campaign.  Research director for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund.  J.D. from Yale Law School, 2008; B.A. in political science from Yale University, 2001.  From Atlanta.


John Cox:  Tim Rosales
Vice president at the Wayne Johnson Agency in Sacramento from Jan. 2005.  Chief of staff to Assemblyman Ken Maddox and Assemblyman George Plescia, district director to Assemblyman Mark Wyland, and field representative to U.S. Rep. James Rogan, Nov. 2000-Dec. 2004; public affairs, political, communications professional in Greater Los Angeles and Sacramento, Jan. 1997-Dec. 2004.  M.B.A. from Drexel University, 2013; B.A. in political science from Azusa University, 1998.



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