State Assemblyman Travis Allen (R-Huntington Beach) announced his gubernatorial candidacy at the end of last week, becoming the first sitting Republican elected official to do so. Republicans already in the race include former presidential candidate John Cox, ex-pro football player and actor Roosevelt Grier, and former state Assemblyman David Hadley. None are expected to be much of a factor in the race, however. Under California’s jungle primary system, it is likely that two Democrats will advance to the general election. Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom (D), the former San Francisco Mayor, leads the entire field in early polling.
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