Did the candidate running in the 2010 gubernatorial election who spent almost $178 million dollars on the campaign, making it the most expensive campaign in California history win or lose the general election?
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The candidate that this question refers to is Meg Whitman. She was the CEO of eBay and ran for the governorship of California in 2010. She ran as a Republican. The former governor, Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger, was not allowed to run again because of term limits. Whitman spent $144 million of her own money on this race (counting both the primary election and the general election). She raised the rest from various donors, spending about $178 million in total.
Whitman won the Republican primary rather easily, getting about 64% of the vote. However, when she faced the Democratic candidate, Jerry Brown, in the general election, she lost. Brown got about 54% of the vote while Whitman got about 41%. (There were four other candidates who each got at least .9% of the vote.) Thus, Whitman lost in the general election even though she spent about four times as much as Brown did.
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