LOS ANGELES (Combined Sources)–Film action hero Arnold Schwarzenegger took the California recall election Tuesday–toppling Governor Gray Davis just 11 months after he was reelected to office.
Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante finished second to Schwarzenegger; state Sen. Tom McClintock came in third.
"I will not fail you. I will not disappoint you–and I will not let you down," Schwarzenegger told the cheering crowd of supporters during his victory speech.
Davis–the first California governor to be recalled and only the second in the nation’s history–conceded defeat shortly before 10 p.m.
"Tonight the voters decided it’s time for someone else to serve," he said.
In congratulating Schwarzenegger–Davis pledged his "full cooperation" in leading a smooth transition of power to the Schwarzenegger administration.
By late afternoon–the secretary of state’s office projected voter turnout at 60% of registered voters. That would put it well above the record low of 51% set in November–when Davis won reelection–but short of the 71% seen in the last presidential election.
Voters also rejected two ballot measures: Proposition 53–which would have set aside at least 1 percent of the state budget for infrastructure needs every year beginning in 2006–and Proposition 54–which would have barred the state from using race–ethnicity or national origin to classify people in public education–contracting and employment.