LOS ANGELES (AP) — California Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom is in an enviable position as he heads into a reelection campaign.
There was a Friday deadline for candidates to enter the race and no well-known Republican had emerged.
Newsom discouraged competitors with a commanding victory in last year's recall election and started the year with about $25 million in his main political committee.
The de facto leading GOP candidate is Brian Dahle, a little-known Republican state senator from rural Northern California.
A certified list of candidates is not due from state election officials until later this month.