Gavin Newsom wins Democratic primary for lieutenant governor

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San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom defeated Los Angeles Councilwoman Janice Hahn in the Democratic race for lieutenant governor.

Newsom, 43, who was a candidate for governor until dropping out of the race in November, was a late entrant into the lieutenant governor’s race.


He made national headlines in 2004 when he authorized marriage licenses for gay and lesbian couples. The state Supreme Court eventually authorized same-sex unions, but that law was overturned when voters passed Proposition 8 in 2008.

Hahn conceded to Newsom on Tuesday night.

-- Anthony York in Los Angeles