LOS ANGELES -- California Gov. Jerry Brown is returning to Sacramento for a record fourth term.
The Democratic incumbent decisively defeated Republican Neel Kashkari on Tuesday after a lopsided campaign in a state dominated by Democrats.
The 76-year-old Brown is already the state's longest-serving governor. He logged two terms in the office from 1975 to 1983 and made history again by winning the fourth term.
Brown argued during the campaign that he led a comeback by the state after the recession cost California more than a million jobs.
His victory came amid a tough political environment for Democrats nationally, with widespread voter discontent with President Barack Obama.
Brown, the nation's oldest sitting governor, would be 80 when his final term concludes.
Democratic incumbent Jerry Brown wins California governor race