Brown_projected_winner Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown is projected to become the next governor of California, based on early returns and exit poll results. With 16% of the state’s precincts reporting, Brown holds a 49% to 46% lead over Republican Meg Whitman. The Los Angeles Times is projecting Brown as the winner of the race, based on those returns and exit poll results.
Brown and and his wife, Anne Gust Brown, descended the stairs of the Fox Theater in Oakland when they discovered that news outlets had declared him the winner. Brown looked stunned as his wife hugged him and gave him a kiss. “What’s the percentage,” he asked as he wandered through the lobby and into the theater where he shook the hands of a few supporters and posed for pictures, before moving into a side room. Earlier, he walked through the crowd to thank supporters, unattended. “Jerry’s back there,” an aide said.