Orange County Assemblyman Travis Allen (R-Huntington Beach) now appears to be the Republicans’ best chance to qualify a November contender, but he will either have to place ahead of former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa or state Treasurer John Chiang (D) in order to continue his campaign. Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) appears to be a lock to finish first in the June 5th qualifying primary. With the candidate filing deadline fast approaching on March 9th, more than 40 candidates could earn placement on the gubernatorial ballot. Four-term Gov. Jerry Brown (D; 1975-83; 2011-present) is ineligible to seek re-election.