Led by Gov.
Not a single Republican currently holds statewide office in California, but voters on Tuesday provided ample support for GOP candidates running for controller and secretary of state.
Republicans also performed well in some of the state's most contested legislative races, indicating Democrats may have an uphill battle to regain their powerful supermajorities in the state Assembly and Senate.
The real test for Republicans will come in the November general election, when the top two finishers in each primary race appear on the ballot. Unlike the crowded field of candidates in many primary races, where voter support is often splintered, most of the Republicans will face off against Democrats — in a state dominated by Democratic voters.
Nowhere was that edge more apparent than in the race for governor, where Brown far outpaced his GOP challengers. In November, Brown will face Republican Neel Kashkari, who emerged from a divisive intra-party battle with
Brown took such an early, strong lead on Tuesday that he emerged from the governor's mansion shortly after the polls closed to proclaim victory.
"At this point, 40 years from the time I won my first primary for governor of California, I'm ready to tackle problems, not on a partisan basis but on a long-term basis of building California and making sure we're ready for the future," Brown said.
Brown, 76, was first elected governor in 1974, serving two straight terms. He was elected again in 2010.
In one of the most hotly contests for statewide office, State Sen.
Another candidate, state Sen.
With all precincts reporting, some high profile races remained too close to call Wednesday morning. Final outcomes could be days, or weeks, away as county election officials across California continue to tally late-arriving and provisional ballots.
In the race for state controller, Republican Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin topped a strong field. In the race for second place, and a spot on the November ballot, just a few thousand votes separate Assemblyman John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles); Betty Yee, a Democratic Board of Equalization member; and little-known Republican David Evans, a former California City mayor.
In the race to replace retiring Rep.
In the hotly contested battle for an Inland Empire congressional seat vacated by retiring Rep.
Republicans were the top vote-getters in a number of critical legislative primary races Tuesday, foreshadowing the difficult task Democrats may face to regain their supermajority in November. Democrats in the state Senate lost their supermajority when three Democratic lawmakers embroiled in scandal were suspended from that chamber.
In the new 14th Senate District, Sen. Andy Vidak (R-Hanford) finished far ahead of his sole challenger, Fresno Unified School Board member and Democrat Luis Chavez. The two will appear in a rematch in November.
In the 12th Senate District, Sen.