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10 Biggest Election Wins

8. Jerry Brown (D-CA) Beats Meg Whitman (R)

Here’s a job that no one should want: preventing California from sinking into the Pacific. But Golden State voters think Jerry Brown is up to the task. Whitman, the billionaire business executive, plunked more than $160 million of her own reserves into her gubernatorial campaign. Brown, whose father was governor and who has served in California public office seemingly since gold was first struck, put a lie to the claim that voters wanted to reject career politicians this time around. The campaign provided plenty of sizzle: Whitman’s longtime housekeeper was revealed to be undocumented. Someone on Governor Moonbeam’s team called Whitman a “whore.”. All the while, Whitman saw Latino voters—who make up a fifth of California’s electorate—break away from her campaign, putting victory out of reach. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

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