Former Gov. Jerry Brown easily won election Tuesday as state attorney general in the Democrat's first attempt to return to Capitol politics since his gubernatorial stint ended nearly 25 years ago, the Sacramento Bee reports.

Democrats were doing well in other races, with John Garamendi, Debra Bowen, John Chiang and Bill Lockyer among the winners. Republican Steve Poizner was an eary winner in the race for insurance commissioner.

Brown, currently mayor of Oakland, said his victory came exactly 56 years after his father, Edmund G. "Pat" Brown, won the same state office.

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