The race for California’s top cop focuses on abortion, gun control and crime
In the run to become California’s next chief executive, a top Democrat is making his case for his candidacy by attacking President Donald Trump’s policies, the state’s anti-abortion agenda and his own party’s long history of corruption and sexual misconduct.
And in the first three weeks of this year, California’s chief executive race has gotten all sorts of attention, as dozens of candidates vie to become the state’s next top job.
Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, the longshot nominee, is touting an anti-Trump agenda and his ability to bring down drug prices. His opponent, Attorney General Xavier Becerra, is running on a vow to stop California’s high prison population, legalize recreational marijuana and fight violent crime.
On a second ballot, there is a strong challenge from current California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and his primary rival is Attorney General Xavier Becerra. (Jesse Grant/The Associated Press)
The most recent public polling gives Newsom the lead, with a double-digit lead over his opponent at 26 points, according to surveys by three firms. Public opinion polls can be skewed by non-response, but both candidates have made strong starts, with Newsom recently earning the endorsements of former presidential contender John Edwards, actor Tom Hanks and comedian John Oliver and Becerra drawing support from such high-profile figures as U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris and former astronaut Mark Kelly.
The race is just two days old and the final vote count is a matter of months away, but for now, it should be an instructive early test of the state’s political culture and how candidates seek to define themselves in the public eye.
The candidates have been largely staying away from the media spotlight and away from their supporters, and the candidates are largely keeping their policy positions to themselves.
But they have raised the most money and have some of the most impressive resumes of any politicians on this year’s ballot.
Newsom, a moderate, first came to public attention for his support of California’s Proposition 19, which would have outlawed so-called gay marriage but has since been removed from the ballot.
Becerra, who became the state’s attorney general last