Biggest gubernatorial wins since 1958Loading
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    2010: Jerry Brown (D) 5,428,458 (53.8 percent); Meg Whitman (R) 4,127,371 (40.9 percent)
    Photo: Brown waves to supporters in Oakland as his election victory is announced.
    Hector Amezcua | Sacramento Bee file
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    2006: Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) 4,850,157 (55.88 percent); Phil Angelides (D) 3,376,732 (38.91 percent)
    Photo: Appearing on crutches, Schwarzenegger acknowledges the ovation during his second inauguration.
    Renee C. Byer | Sacramento Bee file
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    2003 Recall: Yes 4,976,274 (55.39 percent); No 4,007,783 (44.61 percent)
    Election: Schwarzenegger (R) 4,206,284 (48.58 percent); Cruz Bustamante (D) 2,724,874 (31.47 percent); Tom McClintock (R) 1,161,287 (13.41 percent)
    Photo: First lady Sharon Davis, right, cries as her husband, Gray Davis, concedes that he had been ousted in the recall election.
    Sacramento Bee file
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    1998: Gray Davis (D) 4,860,702 (57.97 percent); Dan Lungren (R) 3,218,030 (38.38 percent)
    Photo: The morning after his big victory, Gray Davis greets supporters and fans in Horton Plaza in San Diego.
    Randy Pench | Sacramento Bee file
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    1994: Pete Wilson (R) 4,781,766 (55.18 percent); Kathleen Brown (D) 3,519,799 (40.62 percent)
    Photo: Pete Wilson is applauded by his wife Gayle, center, and former governor George Deukmejian, left, after being inaugurated into his second term.
    Sacramento Bee file
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    1986: George Deukmejian (R) 4,505,601 (60.54 percent); Tom Bradley (D) 2,781,714 (37.38 percent)
    Photo: Deukmejian tells a joint session of the Legislature that "common sense" government helped revive California. At left are Assembly Speaker Willie Brown and Senate President Pro Tem David Roberti.
    Sacramento Bee file
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    1978: Jerry Brown (D) 3,878,812 (56.05 percent); Evelle Younger (R) 2,526,534 (36.50 percent)
    Photo: Jerry Brown is sworn in by state Supreme Court Chief Justice Rose Bird on Jan. 8, 1979, after a nearly 20 percent victory.
    Sacramento Bee file
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    1970: Ronald Reagan (R) 3,439,174 (52.83 percent); Jesse Unruh (D) 2,938,607 (45.14 percent)
    Photo: Though Reagan’s victory margin was not as large as it had been when he was first elected, it nonetheless was a strong showing against a popular state figure in Unruh.
    Sacramento Bee file
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    1966: Ronald Reagan (R) 3,742,913 (57.65 percent); Pat Brown (D) 2,749,174 (42.35 percent)
    Photo: Reagan ended Pat Brown’s desire for a third consecutive term, trouncing the incumbent and heading along a path that ended in the White House.
    Sacramento Bee file
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    1958: Pat Brown (D) 3,140,076 (59.75 percent); William Knowland (R) 2,110,911 (40.16 percent)
    Photo: Brown and wife Bernice Brown listen to a speaker during the governor’s first term.
    Sacramento Bee file
Since the first Gov. Brown walloped his opponent in California's 1958 election, there have been a handful of big-margin outcomes. Here are the biggest.
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