LOS ANGELES (AP) — San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom has been elected California’s lieutenant governor.

The 43-year-old Democrat defeated the current Republican lieutenant governor, Abel Maldonado, in Tuesday’s balloting.

Newsom is best-known for his support of same-sex marriages and for creating a universal health plan in San Francisco that he hopes to replicate throughout the state.

His second term as mayor does not expire until January 2012. The San Francisco Board of Supervisors is debating how to go about naming his successor.

California’s lieutenant governor fills in when the governor travels out of state or is incapacitated. The second-in-command also serves on the governing boards of the state’s public universities and commissions dealing with economic development and the environment.

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Comments (7)
  1. Rick says:

    How in the hell did that happen? The guy is a moron.

    1. Debbie says:

      The individual he was running against was a bigger moron? I don’t know.

    2. Phantom F4 says:

      Same morons that gave us Obama.

    3. Phantom F4 says:

      Same morons that gave you Brown, again! Incredible! Probably will leave Arnold’s cigar tent up, only now the smell of canabis will permeate the area.

  2. rjsmitty says:

    God help us !

    1. Phantom F4 says:

      I think He has “left” the sunny coast…

  3. Nick says:

    Imagine that! Someone who is in favor of equal rights and healthcare for all Californians gets fairly elected by the voting populace.
    Is there no justice in American democracy?
    What is happening to our great nation???

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