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Republican John Cox secures second spot in race for California governor

Posted at 11:06 PM, Jun 05, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-06 02:06:36-04

Republican John Cox has won the second spot to the November election in the race for California governor.

Cox’s second-place finish in Tuesday’s primary ensures Republicans won’t be shut out of the race. But the San Diego businessman faces long odds against Democrat Gavin Newsom in a state where Democrats are increasingly dominating.

Cox got a major boost from President Donald Trump’s endorsement, which helped solidify his support among Republicans and push him past Democrats Antonio Villaraigosa, John Chiang and Delaine Eastin.

Trump’s endorsement was a blow to Republican Assemblyman Travis Allen of Huntington Beach who portrayed himself as the candidate most loyal to the president, who remains popular with the GOP base.