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Gavin Newsom calls it quits


Chris Cillizza at WaPo:

 

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom (D) ended his campaign for governor today amid faltering fundraising and an inability to make up ground on frontrunning state Attorney General Jerry Brown.

“It is with great regret I announce today that I am withdrawing from the race for governor of California,” Newsom said in a statement. “With a young family and responsibilities at City Hall, I have found it impossible to commit the time required to complete this effort the way it needs to — and should be — done.”

Brown called Newsom a “talented public official” with a “bright future” in a statement in the wake of Newsom’s announcement.

Even an endorsement from the Big Dawg couldn’t save Newsom.


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Jerry Brown

And then there was one:

When Attorney General Jerry Brown, 71, became the last man standing in the 2010 Democratic gubernatorial field on Friday, the battle-scarred warrior with four decades in state politics pulled off a remarkable feat in California – home to an elbow-throwing pack of ambitious Democratic politicians.

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom’s abrupt withdrawal from the race means that Brown – the former two-term governor and three-time presidential candidate – is now his party’s sole hope to succeed GOP Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and head the world’s eighth-largest economy.

Brown has reportedly raised over $7 million even though he is not officially running yet.  Unless some big name celebrity or politician like Dianne Feinstein enters the Democratic race Brown will be able to save that money for the general election next November.

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