LOS ANGELES — California voters on Tuesday returned Democrat Jerry Brown to the governor's office 28 years after he left it.
With his win Tuesday, the 72-year-old state attorney general will take the helm of a state mired in recession and high unemployment after defeating Republican Meg Whitman, the billionaire former eBay CEO who spent $142 million of her personal fortune on her campaign.
Brown's victory will return the governor's office in the most populous US state to Democratic control. Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger leaves in January after more than seven years in office.