Decision 2018; winners and losers

By: Brody Fernandez Of Gold Country Media
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Republicans won big in Placer County. However, the rest of California made the decision on who would be elected governor and who would continue on the U.S. Senate. On Election Night, which was Tuesday, here are the latest results on key races of the mid-term election, reported by the Placer County Elections Office.


Voters chose Gavin Newsom to be the new governor. The long-time Democrat, former San Francisco mayor and current lieutenant governor under Gov. Jerry Brown captured 59.3 percent of the total vote at 4,229,017 votes, according to media reports. As of noon Wednesday, 65 percent of total precincts had reported.

Republican candidate and San Diego businessman John H. Cox has 2,896,753 votes with 40.7 percent of the states vote, as of noon Wednesday, according to media reports.

In Placer County, it was a different story as all precincts had reported and Cox beat Newsom in Gold Country by a commanding margin. Cox captured 56,732 votes, totaling nearly 60 percent of the total vote. Newsom finished with 31,869 votes or nearly 56 percent of the total vote. The businessman from San Diego would have been California’s first Republican governor since Arnold Schwarzenegger’s term.

California State of Assembly 6th District

Incumbent Republican Kevin Kiley won a commanding victory over Democratic challenger Jackie Smith. Kiley knabbed 43,893 total votes and nearly 60 percent of the total reported vote with all precincts reporting. Smith finished with 29,795 or 40 percent of the vote.

Kiley reached out to Gold Country Media to speak directly to his constituents.

“Last night's victory speaks to the hard work of our many supporters and volunteers across the 6th District,” Kiley said. “I am truly humbled to have the support of our area and look forward to building on our successes these last two years.”

U.S. Senate-California  

Longtime Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein is projected to win re-election over fellow Democratic challenger Kevin De Leon in the statewide election. In Placer County, Feinstein captured only 36,038 votes to De Leon’s 41,460 votes. As of noon Wednesday, 58 percent of precincts had reported statewide.