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Meg Whitman Pulls Off Historic Win

— Former eBay CEO Meg Whitman handily won the Republican nomination for Governor. She received roughly 64 percent of the vote to Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner’s 26 percent Tuesday.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman delivers a campaign speech to supporters at her primary night party at the Universal Hilton Hotel June 8, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. Whitman, the former chief executive of eBay, won the Republican gubernatorial primary with a wide lead over her nearest competitor Steve Poizner. (Photo by Michal Czerwonka/Getty Images)
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Above: Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman delivers a campaign speech to supporters at her primary night party at the Universal Hilton Hotel June 8, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. Whitman, the former chief executive of eBay, won the Republican gubernatorial primary with a wide lead over her nearest competitor Steve Poizner. (Photo by Michal Czerwonka/Getty Images)

Whitman now faces Democratic Attorney General Jerry Brown in November. The general election campaigning has already begun.

Whitman is the first female Republican nominee for California Governor. She was jubilant as she declared victory and called herself “battle-tested” after a bruising primary. But she wasted no time in beginning her campaign against Democrat Jerry Brown.

“Jerry Brown has spent a lifetime in politics and the results have not been good. Failure seems to follow Jerry Brown everywhere he goes,” said Whitman.

Whitman, a billionaire, donated around $70 million of her own money to help nab the nomination. She’s said she’s willing to double that spending in the general election. Attorney General Jerry Brown reminded the crowd at his victory party that he’s “done this before.”

He was Governor back in the 1970s and 80s, before term limits. He also slammed the idea that a “rich and restless” candidate could simply decide to be Governor without any experience.

Brown has more than $20 million in the bank. With no real primary competition, he was able to conserve resources for the general election.

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dherrer1 | June 9, 2010 at 10:06 a.m. ― 4 years, 1 month ago

Meg or Jerry to the rescue.....what a state!!! After the Arnold administration you think we would have learned our lession. Running a corporation and running a State is NOT the same. Success in one does nothing for you in the other. California is in a deep hole and neither of these two look like the answer although Jerry is proballly closer. Re-making the state will take allot of negociating skills a lots of political skills. You see the problem is US...we are all not aware of all the benefits we receive from the state indirectly or directly and just worry about our own special interest. In a Corporation democray does not rule..it's a dictatoship and this is one reason why ex-CEO's make losey politicians. Hope for the best and let's see if Jerry can pull it off. I wonder where Linda is at these days? Would be cute..

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CaliforniaDefender | June 9, 2010 at 3:04 p.m. ― 4 years, 1 month ago

Funny. Whitman spent 70 million on the race and Poizner about 30 million.

Almost dollar to vote the percentage that Whitman beat Poizner by. Just goes to show you how unintelligent, uninterested, and unmotivated voters are. They simply vote however the TV tells them to and think they are being good citizens by going through the motions to get their little "I Voted" sticker.

So sad what our "democracy" has become.

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