SAN DIEGO — California Gov. Jerry Brown made history when he won a record fourth term Tuesday.
His opponent, Republican Neel Kashkari, conceded to the 76-year-old incumbent governor at the Westin South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa just before 8:30 p.m. Tuesday night, the Los Angeles Times reported.
“We came up short today so I’m in no position to make grand statements or any bold demands,” Kashkari said. He said his one humble request of the governor was to “push the special interests aside, fight for the kids of California, to fight for the working families of California.”
Kashkari had been considered a long-shot to unseat Brown from the outset. Results of a recent poll of likely voters showed the challenger trailing by a wide margin, 59 percent to 41 percent.
In Sacramento Tuesday night, Brown alluded to the Republicans’ capture of the U.S. Senate as he pledged to stay the course with an agenda of fiscal restraint, the Los Angeles Times reported.
“In the rest of the country, they’re going in a slightly different direction,” Brown said outside the historic Governor’s Mansion. “In California, we are going to go in, I think, a very progressive but fiscally responsible direction.”