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Whitman, Fiorina jump out to early leads

June 8, 2010 |  8:38 pm

Former EBay Chief Executive Meg Whitman and Former Hewlett-Packard Chief Executive Carly Fiorina held early leads in the Republican races for governor and U.S. Senate respectively.

With about 7% of the vote counted from around the state, Whitman is earning 65.6% of the Republican vote, compared to 25.3% for Steve Poizner.

Fiorina has 59% of the early vote, leading former Congressman Tom Campbell and Assemblyman Chuck DeVore (R-Irvine), who have 22% and 16% of the vote respectively.

In other races, Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley, a Republican, and San Francisco Dist. Atty. Kamala Harris, a Democrat, are leading their parties' races for attorney general.

In the race for lieutenant governor, newly appointed incumbent Abel Maldonado is ahead on the Republican side, while San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom holds a lead over Los Angeles Councilwoman Janice Hahn on the Democratic side.

In other races, Larry Aceves and Assemblyman Tom Torlakson (D-Antioch) top the list of candidates for state superintendent of public instruction and Assemblyman Dave Jones (D-Sacramento) has a large lead over Assemblyman Hector De La Torre (D-South Gate) in the Democratic primary for insurance commissioner. 

-- Anthony York in Los Angeles

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