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Liberal Democrat Gavin Newsom and Trump-backed Republican John H. Cox will face off in the November general election to decide California’s next governor.
Under California’s unusual “jungle primary” system, the top two vote-getters — regardless of party — advance to the general election. In all, 27 candidates vied to succeed Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown, who was ineligible to run again because of term limits.
The article goes on to state the following:
Based on 92 percent of precincts reporting Tuesday’s statewide primary results, Newsom had 33 percent of the vote and first place while Cox was second with 26 percent. They were separated by about 286,000 votes.
Newsom, the state’s lieutenant governor and an ex-mayor of San Francisco, had been widely expected to be the top vote-getter since he was the longtime frontrunner in the governor’s race. Cox took the number two spot and had been gaining in most recent public opinion polling following President Donald Trump three weeks ago tweeting his endorsement of the conservative San Diego businessman.
CNBC also reported:
Cox’s campaign spent about $5 million during the primary for his run for governor while Newsom’s campaign spent nearly $10 million, according to the latest state data. Newsom still had a war chest with more than $9 million left as of this week while Cox’s campaign recently had less than $500,000 in ending cash.
Tuesday’s primary election in the Golden State wasn’t without problems.
A glitch in some polling places in Los Angeles County caused nearly 119,000 names to be missing from the roster of eligible voters. County officials blamed the issue on a printing error and insisted those affected voters were offered provisional ballots at polling places.
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