The votes have been counted in our survey to determine Capitol Alert readers' pick for top California political story of the year:
Drum roll, please:
Jerry Brown wins the gubernatorial contest
The most expensive non-presidential race in U.S. history ended Tuesday with Democrat Jerry Brown back in the Governor's Office after surviving more than $160 million in campaign spending by Republican Meg Whitman. (11.02.10)
Tied for second-place were the disclosure that Whitman had employed an undocumented immigrant as a housekeeper for nine years and the defeat of Proposition 23, a measure to suspend the state's landmark emissions reduction law.
The Capitol Alert blog entry that got the most clicks this year didn't get any votes in the survey for top story. Find out which story that was here.
Click here to check out a collection of links to political stories that made a splash in 2010.
PHOTO CREDIT: Governor-elect Jerry Brown, speaks at a press conference a day after he defeated Republican Meg Whitman at his Oakland campaign headquarters on Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2010.