As Governor, Newsom Expected to Steer California to the Left

California in Review

  • Governor: Gavin Newsom
  • Secretary of State: Alex Padilla


In the races for California governor and secretary of state, the candidates debated issues such as health care, cannabis, and the security of computer voting systems. Here’s a summary of the election results:  


As expected, Democrat Gavin Newsom won the governor’s race over Republican John Cox. Newsom’s victory in the deep-blue state  was called early in the night by The Associated Press, and final tallies had him elected with 59.4 percent of the votes.

Newson has been a major figure in California politics since he was elected as the 42nd mayor of San Francisco in 2003, the city’s youngest mayor in a century. He has served as lieutenant governor since 2010.

He is a longtime advocate for same-sex marriage, universal health care and legalization of cannabis. Now, Newsom is the political leader of the world’s fifth-largest economy where “…he is expected to shift state politics and policy even further to the left after eight years under the leadership of Gov. Jerry Brown,” as reported by the Los Angeles Times.

In response to winning the election, Newsom tweeted, “Now is the time for going far and going together. For facts. For trust. For truth. Now is the time for leaders to lead. This is California’s moment.” 


Secretary of State

The Secretary of State is responsible for helping administer federal and states election in California and registering businesses, among other things.

DemocratPadilla has held the position since January 2015, after defeating Republican Pete Peterson in the 2014 midterm elections.

His platform that earned Padilla re-election included increasing voter registration and engagement. He also sponsored the state’s new so-called “motor voter” legislation, which launched earlier this year, enabling automatic voter registration through the Department of Motor Vehicles.

Padilla supported the passing of the 2016 Voter’s Choice Act, which supporters say allows voters to have more information about how and where to vote. Several California newspapers have endorsed Padilla’s re-election.

Previously, he served in the California State Senate from 2006 to 2014. 

His Republican opponent, attorney Mark Meuser, advocated for more rigorously monitoring voter registration and investigating voter fraud, as well as enhancing election cybersecurity.


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