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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom has won a chance for a second term.

The former San Francisco mayor grabbed 52 percent of the votes in early returns from Tuesday's primary.

Former California Republican Party Chairman Ron Nehring was running second with about 23 percent. He had a large lead over two other Republicans, David Fennell and George Yang.

Nehring, who held the party post from 2007 to 2011, is seeking to break the Democrats' monopoly in Sacramento, where they hold all eight statewide offices.

The top two vote-getters in Tuesday's primary advance to the November general election.