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?
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.