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Democrat Gavin Newsom sails to reelection as California governor

Democratic California Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks during a press conference on Oct. 6, in San Francisco, Calif.
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Democratic California Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks during a press conference on Oct. 6, in San Francisco, Calif.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Gavin Newsom will get another term as governor of California after winning reelection Tuesday night, according to a race call by the Associated Press


Newsom led Republican challenger Brian Dahle, a state senator from rural Northern California.

The incumbent governor was in a comfortable position afterfending off a recall last year, with 62% of voters opting to keep him in office during the 2021 special election. Newsom spent much of this fall's campaign season stumping for other Democratic candidates and causes, including a ballot proposition to add the right to an abortion to California's constitution.

The governor has focused on his efforts to expand reproductive rights and go after oil companies for earning record profits amid high fuel prices. But he's faced criticism from opponents for the growing number of homeless people living on the streets and for refusing to lower the state's 54-cent-per-gallon gas tax.

A former lieutenant governor and mayor of San Francisco, Newsom has been floated as a potential future Democratic presidential contender. He has pledged to complete all four years of his second term. After that, he'll hit term limits: California's statewide elected officials are limited to two four-year terms.

More Election 2022 coverage:

  • California election results
  • KQED's California Voter Guide
  • CapRadio's Guide for Sacramento Voters
  • KPCC/LAist's Guide for LA Voters
  • KPBS's Guide for San Diego Voters
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