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GOP Assemblyman Enters Race

Someone is polling on Kevin de León.

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Zach C. Cohen
June 23, 2017, 9:40 a.m.

As­sembly­man Trav­is Al­len (R) “said Thursday that he plans to enter next year’s con­test. … Al­len, who an­nounced his in­ten­tions to his large so­cial me­dia fol­low­ing, could pair his up­hill can­did­acy with his ex­ist­ing pro­pos­al to re­peal the re­cently signed $52 bil­lion vehicle tax and fee pack­age de­signed to pay for the state’s aging roads and trans­port­a­tion pro­jects.” (Sac­ra­mento Bee)

Al­len could also find suc­cess by look­ing “as con­ser­vat­ive as” As­sembly­man Tim Don­nelly (D) “did in 2014. Don­nelly, the con­ser­vat­ive firebrand, fin­ished third in the primary in 2014, be­hind Gov. Jerry Brown (D) and a more mod­er­ate Re­pub­lic­an, Neel Kashkari. But it wasn’t con­ser­vat­ism that held Don­nelly back. Re­pub­lic­ans in Cali­for­nia aren’t any more cent­rist than Re­pub­lic­ans in oth­er states, and Don­nelly was lead­ing Kashkari in pub­lic opin­ion polls for much of the race. He only fell be­hind when Kashkari tacked hard to the right and used his fin­an­cial ad­vant­age to tar­get Re­pub­lic­ans with mail de­pict­ing Don­nelly, disin­genu­ously, as a more lib­er­al choice.”

“This elec­tion, a crowd of high­er-pro­file Demo­crats are all com­pet­ing for the top two spots, and the big con­cern for every Re­pub­lic­an - in­clud­ing Al­len and” busi­ness­man John Cox (R) “- is that the GOP will split the bal­lot and two Demo­crats will ad­vance. … The win­ners in Al­len’s an­nounce­ment:” former Los Angeles May­or Ant­o­nio Vil­larai­gosa (D) and state Treas­urer John Chi­ang (D), who are “run­ning be­hind” Lt. Gov. Gav­in New­s­om (D) “and hop­ing the No. 2 slot goes to a Demo­crat.”

In oth­er news, there’s an “auto­mated poll in the field test­ing po­ten­tial match-ups in the 2018 races for gov­ernor and state at­tor­ney gen­er­al. In the gubernat­ori­al con­test, the poll asks about only one po­ten­tial can­did­ate who has not yet an­nounced: state Sen­ate Pres­id­ent Pro Tem Kev­in de León (D). … De León’s camp says it isn’t be­ing done by him.” (Politico)

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