Jerry Brown declares victory in California’s governor’s race

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California Governor-elect Jerry Brown (R) with his wife Anne Gust-Brown after speaking to supporters as he celebrates his win during an election night party at Fox Theatre on November 2, 2010 in Oakland, California. Jerry Brown defeated republican challenger and former eBay CEO Meg Whitman.

Late Tuesday night California gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown declared victory over rival Meg Whitman.

From the stage of the recently renovated Fox Theatre, Governor-elect Jerry Brown told supporters why he chose the old movie house for his celebration.

"This is something that was built in 1929, was dark for 30 years and thanks to the work and the contributions of a lot of people it’s one of the most magnificent movie palaces in the whole country – take a look at that ceiling and all the craft that went into it!" Brown said to applause.

Brown last served as Governor of California over 30 years ago. Back then he earned the nickname “Governor Moonbeam” for his idea to launch a state-owned communications satellite.

But since then the 71-year-old politician reinvented himself as mayor of Oakland, where he cracked down on crime.

As California’s attorney general, Brown’s sued banks and fraudsters for bilking homeowners and small investors.

Brown said on the campaign trail he avoided describing himself as “experienced.”

Voters, he said, want "something new."

But Brown promised, like the Fox Theatre, he’s old, but improved – and ready to tackle California’s problems.

Brown's scheduled a meeting with legislative leaders in two weeks on the state's budget deficit.

California's next governor faces a multi-billion dollar shortfall.

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