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Last Updated: Wednesday, 8 October, 2003, 07:51 GMT 08:51 UK
In pictures: Arnie's win
Arnold Schwarzenegger hails his victory
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Arnold Schwarzenegger thanked Californians for their trust
Arnold Schwarzenegger adresses supporters
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The actor-turned-politician pledged to turn round the state's parlous public finances
Arnold Schwarzenegger with his wife, Maria Shriver
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And he praised his wife - a niece of former President John F Kennedy - for her support
Gray Davis
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Outgoing California Governor Gray Davis acknowledged defeat at an early stage
Polling station in Los Angeles
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The millions who turned out to vote earlier had made it clear they wanted a change of leadership
A voter checks for his name
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State officials reported more interest in this election than usual


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