(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) -- California Gov. Jerry Brown claimed the top spot in the state's primary Tuesday, moving up to the general election where he will try for a historic fourth term.
Brown took more than 50 percent of the vote, addressing the victory during a late news conference in Sacramento.
"Fortune is fickle, and I would never predict the future. So, I'm cautious, I'm gonna do everything I can to merit the people's trust, and then in November people will choose whether they want an unprecedented fourth term or not," he said.
The state has come a long way under his stewardship, he added, citing the closure of California's budget deficit.
"Californians appreciate living within our means, managing the people's money, creating a rainy day fund, and just bringing a very common sense, get it done kind of approach," Brown said.
The 76-year-old lawmaker first ran in a gubernatorial primary race 40 years ago.
He is set to face Republican Neel Kashkari, former U.S. Treasury official, in November.
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