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Angelides wins primary, prepares to take on Schwarzenegger

first_imgWith the primary election behind them, Gov. Arnold Scwarzenegger and Treasurerer Phil Angelides picked up campaigning today, vowing a vigorous effort through the Nov.l 7 general election. Schwarzennegger, who had only token opposition in the primary, began a tour through Northern California. And after winning a bruising campaign against Controller Steve Westly, Angelides toured the state in a victory lap to thank supporters and lay out the beginning of his campaign against the incumbent. The scene was the same for other candidates, who began to lay out their strategy in dealing with opponents for the Nov. 7 election. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2 Former California Gov. Jerry Brown made his first stop in Burbank after easily defeating Los Angeles City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo to be the Democratic candidate for attorney general. He’ll face Republican state Sen. Chuck Poochigian of Fresno in the general election. Brown, who did only limited campaigning in the primary, said the biggest problem of the general election will be engaging voters. Figures indicated only about one in four registered Californians turned out to vote on Tuesday. “It’s not surprising,” Brown said. “There were all these negative ads and they gave people no reason to turn out.” Brown is to face state Sen. Chuck Poochigian, R-Fresno, in the general election. While Brown said he hoped the two can avoid a bitter partisan race, Poochigain indicated he plans to run a strong campaign against Brown, includinig the former governor’s opposition ot the death penalty. Most of the attention in the election was on the Democratic race for governor, where Angelides and Westly spent an estimated $80 million, mostly in attack commercials in the final weeks leading up to the election. Angelides, a former chairman of the state Democratic Party, was able to bring together a traditional coalition of labor and other groups to back his candidacy to set up the showdown with Schwarzenegger. In other statewide race, Insurance Commissioner John Garamendi edged out state Sen. Jackie Spier, D-San Francisco, for lieutenant governor. He will challenge state Sen. Tom McClintock, R-Thousand Oaks, in November. State Sen. Debra Bowen, D-Marina Del Rey, defeated state Sen. Deborah Ortiz, D- Sacramento, for Secretary of State, setting up a race against Republican incumbent Bruce McPherson.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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