Maldonado appears unAbel to win
November 3, 2010
Former Central Coast state Senator and current California lieutenant governor Abel Maldonado appears headed for defeat in his bid to keep the second most powerful political position in the state. [San Francisco Chronicle]
Maldonado’s opponent, San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom declared victory early Wednesday morning.
“I want to thank Californians from every corner of the state and every walk of life for believing in this campaign and the important work ahead,” Newsom told his supporters. “If we want the great state of California to get back to business, we must change the way Sacramento does theirs.”
With 61 percent of the vote counted, Newsom was leading Maldonado 48 to 41 percent.
Gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown proclaimed victory earlier in the evening, giving the Democrats the top two seats in state government.
Maldonado is expected to concede sometime on Wednesday. The moderate Republican was appointed lieutenant governor by Arnold Schwarzenegger and confirmed just last spring.