CapChat: Gavin Newsom Claims Victory in California Governor’s Race Wednesday, November 7, 2018 | Sacramento, CA Listen / download audio Update RequiredTo play audio, update browser or Flash plugin. Lt. Gov Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, hugs his wife,Jennifer Siebel Newsom as he celebrates at an election night party after he defeated Republican opponent John Cox to become 40th governor of California Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, in Los Angeles, Calif.Rich Pedroncelli / AP Photo Note: Insight with Beth Ruyak was preempted this morning for special coverage of President Trump’s and Democratic Representative Nancy Pelosi’s news conferences. Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom is now Governor-Elect Newsom. CapRadio’s Capitol Bureau Chief Ben Adler was in Los Angeles last night when Newsom claimed victory over his Republican competitor John Cox. Adler explains what happens next and recaps some of the other statewide races.