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Mar 2, 2010 2:03 PM

Jerry Brown officially enters California governor race

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Democrat Jerry Brown has entered the race for California governor, giving the party an iconic candidate in a contest expected to be the most costly in state history.

The state attorney general, who served two terms as governor in the era before term limits, officially declared his candidacy on his Web site Tuesday. The announcement has been expected for months, while Brown was quietly raising millions of dollars.

Brown, who will turn 72 next month, is the only serious Democratic contender. He will face one of two wealthy Silicon Valley Republicans in the general election this fall: former eBay CEO Meg Whitman or state Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner.

Brown says only a seasoned politician can find a way to solve California's many problems.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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