2018 California gubernatorial election

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Gavin Newsom won the election.

The 2018 California gubernatorial election took place on 6 November 2018, and elected the next Governor of California. The incumbent governor, Jerry Brown, could not run in the election due to term limits.

Gavin Newsom easily won the election.[1][2] Newsom's victory was the largest victory in a gubernatorial election in California since 1950.

Primary election[change | change source]

The top-two candidates moved on to the general election. The primary election occurred on 5 June 2018.[3][4]

Primary election
Party Choice Votes %
Democratic Gavin Newsom 2,266,406 33.57%
Republican John H. Cox 1,722,899 25.52%
Democratic Antonio Villaraigosa 896,556 13.28%
Republican Travis Allen 640,594 9.49%
Democratic John Chiang 640,128 9.48%
Democratic Delaine Eastin 225,165 3.34%
Democratic Amanda Renteria 89,960 1.33%
Republican Robert C. Newman II 43,261 0.64%
Democratic Michael Shellenberger 30,156 0.45%
Republican Peter Y. Liu 26,243 0.39%
Republican Yvonne Girard 21,081 0.31%
Others 147,859 2.19%
Total votes 6,750,308 100%

Results by county[change | change source]

Primary results by county.

Red represents counties won by Cox. Blue represents counties won by Newsom. Yellow represents counties won by Villaraigosa.[5]

County Newsom% Cox% Villaraigosa% Allen% Chiang% Others %
Alameda 53.5% 10.6% 10.0% 4.4% 9.6% 11.9%
Alpine 38.5% 24.1% 6.7% 8.7% 10.4% 11.6%
Amador 21.5% 41.8% 5.8% 15.1% 8.0% 7.8%
Butte 25.6% 34.4% 5.5% 14.5% 6.1% 13.9%
Calaveras 23.3% 38.2% 5.3% 18.1% 6.6% 8.5%
Colusa 13.0% 43.3% 16.0% 16.3% 3.6% 7.8%
Contra Costa 49.9% 19.7% 8.7% 7.4% 6.9% 7.4%
Del Norte 23.4% 27.0% 3.5% 24.8% 7.7% 13.6%
El Dorado 24.5% 40.7% 5.8% 13.9% 8.1% 7.0%
Fresno 16.8% 33.7% 20.2% 14.3% 7.6% 7.4%
Glenn 12.4% 48.1% 7.9% 18.2% 3.3% 10.1%
Humboldt 37.9% 22.3% 5.0% 9.6% 6.4% 18.8%
Imperial 11.8% 22.7% 31.2% 9.8% 7.9% 16.6%
Inyo 22.6% 30.7% 8.6% 15.9% 8.7% 13.5%
Kern 12.1% 40.6% 13.9% 19.9% 5.4% 8.1%
Kings 9.4% 36.7% 17.0% 23.8% 6.7% 6.4%
Lake 37.5% 28.4% 6.6% 12.0% 5.0% 10.5%
Lassen 13.1% 41.7% 2.1% 26.8% 6.6% 9.7%
Los Angeles 32.7% 19.6% 21.7% 5.8% 13.2% 7.0%
Madera 12.8% 40.2% 15.7% 18.9% 5.2% 7.2%
Marin 64.1% 12.5% 8.2% 3.8% 5.3% 6.1%
Mariposa 19.1% 34.9% 8.2% 23.4% 6.3% 8.1%
Mendocino 45.2% 17.9% 7.8% 9.1% 5.1% 14.9%
Merced 18.3% 30.0% 17.6% 16.0% 7.3% 10.8%
Modoc 11.5% 51.2% 2.8% 17.3% 3.1% 14.1%
Mono 31.6% 26.1% 12.2% 12.0% 5.0% 13.1%
Monterey 37.8% 19.8% 16.8% 9.4% 6.6% 9.6%
Napa 46.1% 19.4% 10.0% 9.7% 5.5% 9.3%
Nevada 34.1% 25.7% 5.9% 17.4% 7.0% 9.9%
Orange 24.3% 36.3% 11.4% 11.5% 9.0% 7.5%
Placer 25.7% 40.2% 5.8% 13.1% 9.0% 6.2%
Plumas 26.9% 38.5% 3.8% 15.5% 5.7% 9.6%
Riverside 22.3% 34.4% 13.7% 15.3% 7.5% 6.8%
Sacramento 29.7% 26.2% 10.7% 10.2% 14.5% 8.7%
San Benito 33.6% 23.4% 13.3% 16.0% 4.8% 8.9%
San Bernardino 19.7% 33.9% 15.2% 14.7% 9.2% 7.3%
San Diego 30.5% 32.6% 10.4% 7.5% 9.8% 9.2%
San Francisco 57.5% 6.6% 9.1% 2.2% 8.9% 15.7%
San Joaquin 26.3% 31.4% 11.1% 13.6% 9.3% 8.3%
San Luis Obispo 33.2% 29.4% 6.8% 14.6% 7.3% 8.7%
San Mateo 55.0% 13.9% 10.4% 5.1% 7.1% 8.5%
Santa Barbara 33.8% 26.2% 12.3% 11.5% 6.8% 9.4%
Santa Clara 48.5% 13.9% 10.9% 8.3% 7.7% 10.7%
Santa Cruz 52.4% 11.8% 11.5% 7.0% 4.5% 12.8%
Shasta 16.9% 44.3% 3.9% 19.9% 4.5% 10.5%
Sierra 22.9% 35.1% 3.7% 17.6% 7.1% 13.6%
Siskiyou 23.3% 34.5% 3.4% 18.5% 5.0% 15.3%
Solano 41.6% 23.3% 8.9% 11.3% 6.9% 8.0%
Sonoma 54.6% 16.4% 8.9% 5.5% 4.9% 9.7%
Stanislaus 23.2% 31.6% 12.3% 16.3% 7.3% 9.3%
Sutter 16.4% 40.0% 8.3% 17.4% 8.2% 9.7%
Tehama 13.2% 45.4% 4.5% 21.6% 4.7% 10.6%
Trinity 23.6% 31.4% 4.7% 17.9% 5.4% 17.0%
Tulare 13.9% 36.5% 16.4% 20.4% 5.2% 7.6%
Tuolumne 26.8% 37.6% 5.7% 15.8% 5.6% 8.5%
Ventura 26.7% 32.6% 13.4% 9.1% 11.0% 7.2%
Yolo 31.6% 19.9% 13.7% 7.0% 14.6% 13.2%
Yuba 16.3% 39.6% 7.6% 21.1% 6.6% 8.8%
Totals 33.6% 25.5% 13.3% 9.5% 9.5% 8.6%

Polling[change | change source]

General election[change | change source]

Poll source Date(s) given Sample
size
Margin
of error
Gavin
Newsom (D)
John
Cox (R)
Undecided
Probolsky Research (R) August 29 – September 2, 2018 900 ± 5.8% 44% 39% 17%
Public Policy Institute of California July 8–17, 2018 1,020 ± 4.3% 55% 31% 9%
SurveyUSA June 26–27, 2018 559 ± 5.9% 58% 29% 13%
USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times June 6–17, 2018 767 ± 4.0% 45% 28% 27%
J. Wallin Opinion Research/Tulchin Research March 30 – April 4, 2018 800 ± 3.7% 42% 32% 26%
SmithJohnson Research (R-Cox) March 2018 496 45% 45%

General election[change | change source]

Results by California's counties      Cox—70-80%      Cox—60-70%      Cox—50-60%      Newsom—50-60%      Newsom—60-70%      Newsom—70-80%      Newsom—80-90%

The general election took place on 6 November 2018.[6]

General election
Party Choice Votes %
Democratic Gavin Newsom 7,721,410 61.9%
Republican John H. Cox 4,742,825 38.1%
Total votes 12,464,235 100.0%

Results by county[change | change source]

Here are the results of the election by county.[6]

Gavin Newsom

Democratic

John Cox

Republican

Total Votes
County # % # % #
Alameda 462,558 80.6% 111,677 19.4% 574,235
Alpine 386 62.8% 229 37.2% 615
Amador 6,237 35.5% 11,356 64.5% 17,593
Butte 41,500 46.8% 47,226 53.2% 88,726
Calaveras 7,765 35.9% 13,845 64.1% 21,610
Colusa 1,999 34.7% 3,764 65.3% 5,763
Contra Costa 283,805 68.2% 132,345 31.8% 416,150
Del Norte 3,441 41.3% 4,887 58.7% 8,328
El Dorado 36,297 40.6% 53,140 59.4% 89,437
Fresno 124,332 49.1% 128,974 50.9% 253,306
Glenn 2,424 29.1% 5,908 70.9% 8,332
Humboldt 33,455 64.5% 18,418 35.5% 51,873
Imperial 20,573 61.7% 12,785 38.3% 33,358
Inyo 3,244 44.7% 4,018 55.3% 7,262
Kern 83,507 41.1% 119,870 58.9% 203,377
Kings 12,275 40.6% 17,976 59.4% 30,251
Lake 10,869 51.4% 10,280 48.6% 21,149
Lassen 2,043 22.7% 6,973 77.3% 9,016
Los Angeles 2,114,699 71.9% 826,402 28.1% 2,941,101
Madera 15,037 39.0% 23,488 61.0% 38,525
Marin 103,671 79.5% 26,750 20.5% 130,421
Mariposa 3,183 38.7% 5,043 61.3% 8,226
Mendocino 22,152 66.3% 11,255 33.7% 33,407
Merced 30,783 52.0% 28,424 48.0% 59,207
Modoc 820 23.8% 2,628 76.2% 3,448
Mono 2,706 55.8% 2,147 44.2% 4,853
Monterey 76,648 66.0% 39,516 34.0% 116,164
Napa 36,513 64.8% 19,834 35.2% 56,347
Nevada 27,985 52.9% 24,882 47.1% 52,867
Orange 543,047 50.1% 539,951 49.9% 1,082,998
Placer 72,270 41.2% 103,157 58.8% 175,427
Plumas 3,433 37.2% 5,807 62.8% 9,240
Riverside 319,845 49.8% 322,243 50.2% 642,088
Sacramento 302,696 58.8% 212,010 41.2% 514,706
San Benito 11,274 56.1% 8,815 43.9% 20,089
San Bernardino 276,874 51.5% 260,379 48.5% 537,253
San Diego 658,346 56.9% 499,532 43.1% 1,157,878
San Francisco 312,181 86.4% 49,181 13.6% 361,362
San Joaquin 101,474 52.2% 92,966 47.8% 194,440
San Luis Obispo 65,117 51.6% 61,137 48.4% 126,254
San Mateo 213,282 75.2% 70,242 24.8% 283,524
Santa Barbara 93,841 60.5% 61,300 39.5% 155,141
Santa Clara 438,758 71.4% 175,791 28.6% 614,549
Santa Cruz 91,523 76.8% 27,665 23.2% 119,188
Shasta 20,256 28.9% 49,825 71.1% 70,081
Sierra 599 35.9% 1,068 64.1% 1,667
Siskiyou 7,218 39.7% 10,946 60.3% 18,164
Solano 89,694 61.3% 56,627 38.7% 146,321
Sonoma 152,040 72.3% 58,338 27.7% 210,378
Stanislaus 77,220 49.2% 79,751 50.8% 156,971
Sutter 11,122 37.0% 18,935 63.0% 30,057
Tehama 5,756 27.5% 15,137 72.5% 20,893
Trinity 2,250 42.3% 3,075 57.7% 5,325
Tulare 42,702 42.8% 57,012 57.2% 99,714
Tuolumne 9,294 38.9% 14,580 61.1% 23,874
Ventura 171,729 55.6% 137,393 44.4% 309,122
Yolo 49,759 67.8% 23,611 32.2% 73,370
Yuba 6,903 36.0% 12,293 64.0% 19,196
Totals 7,721,410 61.9% 4,742,825 38.1% 12,464,235

References[change | change source]

  1. "California governor race: Gavin Newsom cruises to victory, faces big challenges". San Francisco Chronicle. 7 November 2018. Retrieved 23 November 2018.
  2. "Democrat Gavin Newsom wins CA governor's race over Republican John Cox". ABC7 News. 7 November 2018. Retrieved 23 November 2018.
  3. "2018 California primary election: Newsom, Cox secure spots in general election for governor". 89.3 KPCC. 5 June 2018. Retrieved 23 June 2018.
  4. "Governor - Statewide Results". California Secretary of State. Retrieved 23 June 2018.
  5. "Governor - Statewide Results". California Secretary of State. Retrieved 23 June 2018.
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Governor - Statewide Results PDF" (PDF). California Secretary of State. Retrieved 7 January 2019.