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Brown stops short of declaring victory in speech to Oakland crowd

November 2, 2010 | 11:14 pm

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Jerry Brown took the stage at Oakland's Fox Theater, stopping short of declaring victory in California's race for governor, but preparing to take back a job he first held 36 years ago.

"They haven't counted all the the votes yet, but hell, it's good enough for government work," Brown said. "So it looks like we're going back again."

Brown's Republican opponent, Meg Whitman, has not conceded the race and said she would not do so until at least 75% of the state's votes are counted.

"While I'm really into this politics thing, I still carry with me that missionary zeal to transform the world," he said.

Brown said he will work on "forging a common purpose ... based not just on compromise, but on a vision of what California can be."

-- Anthony York

Photo credit: Robyn Beck / AFP/Getty Images

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