It’s official, after a race that many thought would be close, California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom has defeated former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa in the primary for the 2018 California Gubernatorial election. This past winter, Villaraigosa had been gaining on Newsom in the polls, leading many to speculate the former mayor may achieve one of the biggest political upsets in California history. Despite this, Villaraigosa began to lose traction in the spring, and by May, Newsom was leading him in the polls by 15 points or more.
Back in February, the California Democratic Party announced that it would not endorse a candidate in the primary for the Gubernatorial election in order to prevent the party from being divided. The organization employed the same procedure for the 2018 California Senate election, choosing not to endorse incumbent U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein or State Senator Kevin de León. Like Newsom, Feinstein beat her Democratic opponent in a landslide on Tuesday. One advantage that both Newsom and Feinstein shared over their opponents was fundraising. Newsom’s campaign raised $15,334,793 more than Villaraigosa’s campaign. Feinstein raised $13,536,833 more than her opponent.
With just 20% of precincts reporting, Newsom has gained 517,174 more votes than Villaraigosa. The lieutenant governor will now battle California businessman John Cox for the governorship on November 6th.
Will Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom gain your vote in the 2018 midterms?