Jerry Brown beats former eBay CEO Meg Whitman in Calif. governor's race

Former governor Jerry Brown will lead the Golden State for a third term after defeating former eBay chief executive Meg Whitman on Tuesday.

Currently serving as Attorney General, Brown will return to Sacramento as governor for the first time since 1983 as the oldest person ever elected to the post. He withstood a fierce challenge that saw his opponent pour more than $140 million of her own money into her campaign.

Like Republican Senate candidate and former HP CEO Carly Fiorina, Whitman was attempting to make the leap from Silicon Valley's boardrooms to statewide office without having previously run for office. Fiorina was defeated by incumbent Sen. Barbara Boxer (D) on Tuesday.

Whitman's campaign was hurt by revelations concerning her former housekeeper, who claims Whitman spurned her after she revealed her status as an illegal alien.

California has a two-term limit for statewide elected officials, but the law was passed in 1990 and does not apply to Brown's two previous terms as governor.