Brown wins nomination

LOS ANGELES - After a bruising and costly primary campaign, Kathleen Brown has become the third member of her family to secure the Democratic nomination to run for governor of California, Phil Reeves writes.

Last night Ms Brown - who won the primary with 48 per cent of the vote - was gearing up for a battle against the Republican Governor, Pete Wilson, who took his party's nomination by a large margin. She seeks to follow her brother, Jerry, and father, Pat, - both two-term governors of the Golden State. The contest looks close, as the fortunes of Mr Wilson - once California's most unpopular governor - have rallied, partly because he wants laws denying health, education and welfare services to illegal immigrants.