Update, 9:55 p.m.: Governor Jerry Brown is the first – and will likely be the only – man to win four terms as California’s chief executive. But the Democrat celebrated that historic achievement Tuesday night with a low-key private dinner at the governor’s mansion in Sacramento.
No party. No cheering crowd. No balloons. Just Brown, accompanied by his wife Anne, addressing about a dozen reporters in front of the historic building’s front steps.
“Over the next four years, to the extent that I have the ability, the physical and the intellectual stamina and capacity, I’m going to do my upmost to live up to the promise of California,” Brown said in during his brief press conference. “I don’t have any illusions about how easy it will be. It’s going to be quite challenging. …There’s lots of differences in points of view.”
What was easy: Brown’s reelection. He spent just a fraction of his $20 million campaign war chest, and didn’t run a single television or radio ad for his own campaign. Still, the Associated Press and other news outlets declared Brown the winner over Republican Neel Kashkari just moments after the polls closed.
Shortly before 10 p.m., Brown was leading Kashkari by 13 points.