NewsCalifornia Gavin Newsom Wins Election, Becomes New Governor Of California By Inglewood Times Team - November 6, 2018 Democratic Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom smiles at a campaign stop at Stakely's Barber Salon in Los Angeles, May 31, 2018. (Credit: Associated Press) Republican Governor Hopeful John Cox has conceded defeat to Democratic Candidate Gavin Newsom. Gavin Newsom currently has over 56% of the vote, giving him a sizeable lead over Cox. Newsom becomes the 40th Governor of California.