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No big-name rivals for Gov. Newsom

Gavin Newsom
Posted at 8:17 AM, Mar 12, 2022

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.