Hahn concedes Lt.Gov. race to Gavin Newsom

Los Angeles City Councilwoman Janice Hahn, the scion of a political dynasty in her city, had seemed to have the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor wrapped up by early this year, standing well ahead of state Sen. Dean Florez, D-Shafter, in the polls. That is, until San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom jumped into the race, only months after having scoffed at the idea of doing so.

At this hour, with about a quarter of the state’s precincts having reported in, Newsom leads Hahn by almost 23 percentage points, and Hahn just issued this statement:

The last several months of campaigning for Lieutenant Governor have been an amazing experience. I have traveled up and down the state and met so many new people and heard so many great ideas. And I learned that all of us really want the same thing – a better California.

I was so humbled by all the support I received. And I really enjoyed using this experience to educate people about the role of the Lieutenant Governor in California. Together, we focused on how the Lieutenant Governor can really transform our state. We can make higher education affordable and accessible to every young person. We can continue to protect the environment, but also focus on creating new jobs and getting every Californian back to work.

At the end of this hard fought campaign, I think we have made a difference – thanks to you.

I want to congratulate Gavin Newsom on running a good, clean campaign. He has done some groundbreaking work as mayor of San Francisco and I know that he will bring that experience to Sacramento to shake things up. I will be supporting him in November, and I hope that you will join me.

November is pivotal for Democrats. We must work together to elect Barbara Boxer, Jerry Brown, Gavin Newsom and the entire Democratic ticket. This is our year. Let’s make California great again.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • AJ

    Like it or not you have Unwholesome Newsom as your Dem Lt. Gov candidate but the GOP can’t boost either with Unable Maldonaldo!

  • Truthclubber

    I can see the Maldonaldo ads already:

    Gavin Newsom supports gay marriage.

    Gavin Newsom supports sanctuary cities for illegal aliens.

    Gavin Newsom had an affair with a married employee who was the wife of his long time friend and chief political staffer.

    Gavin Newsom has admitted to a serious problem with addition to drugs.

    If Gavin Newsom is elected Lt. Governor, you’ll have him a mere heartbeat from the Governor’s chair in Sacramento…whether you like it or not!”

  • John W

    Maldonaldo has too much class to run that kind of a campaign. The man actually cares about issues and public service. What a terrible man! He dared to cross the aisle to get something done. He shook up the party boss establishment by forcing the legislature to put Prop. 14 on the ballot. I don’t think Newsom has been a very good mayor, but I admire him for what he did on gay marriage. He screwed up with the “Like or not” thing, but he still helped to advance the cause of marriage equality in the long run. Still, I admire Maldonaldo and will be voting for him.