Elections 2010

Early winners in lieutenant governor, AG, insurance races

With the Senate and gubernatorial nominations pretty much locked up, results are starting to come in for other statewide races, many of which were competitive in both parties.

It’s a pretty good night for Bay Area Democrats. San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom, who dropped out of the race for governor, is winning over L.A. councilwoman Janice Hahn in the Democratic primary for lieutenant governor. His opponent will probably be Republican Abel Maldonado, who was appointed to replace Representative John Garamendi last year.

Democratic San Francisco Distict Attorney Kamala Harris and GOP Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley are on track to face off for attorney general. Harris is leading 30 percent to 19 percent over ex-Facebook attorney Chris Kelly; Cooley is winning by more than 52 percent.

Dave Jones is leading fellow Democratic assemblymember Hector de la Torre for insurance commissioner, while GOP assemblymember Mike Villines has a smaller lead over newcomer Brian FitzGerald.

(Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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