CA GOV: None “of the top Democrats in the running will go into the June 5 primary election with the party’s endorsement. … A candidate had to capture 60% of the delegate votes [at this weekend’s state Democratic Party convention] to win the party’s seal of approval — which was considered unlikely given the field of politicians in the race with deep ties to the state party.” Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) “received the most votes,” 39 percent. State Treasurer John Chiang (D) got 30 percent, former state schools superintendent Delaine Eastin (D) at 20 percent and former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) at 9 percent. “Villaraigosa was expected to have a tough battle for votes: He has not regularly attended party conventions or run for statewide office.” (Los Angeles Times) “The [candidates’] five-minute speeches hit all the familiar Democratic themes — including plenty of President Trump bashing — and were laced with subtle and not-too-subtle digs at one another.” (Los Angeles Times)
The United Farm Workers endorsed Villaraigosa. (Los Angeles Times) Rep. Linda Sanchez (D-38), Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Koretz, Los Angeles City Controller Ron Galperin, former Chair of the San Diego County Democratic Party Francine Busby, San Diego City Councilmember Georgette Goméz endorsed state Treasurer John Chiang (D) on Friday. (release)
Newsom and Eastin are “on record as calling for immediate impeachment proceedings in Congress, while … Villaraigosa and … Chiang … are taking wait-and-see stances.” (Times of San Diego)
“When he took his seat on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, … Newsom wasn’t exactly the left-leaning stalwart who would emerge two decades later as the front-runner for California governor. Newsom’s appointment in 1997 was viewed as providing a dose of moderation to the liberal board. A 29-year-old wine and hospitality entrepreneur backed by Getty oil fortunes and the city’s political elite, he described himself as a ‘dogmatic fiscal conservative and a social liberal.’ So rare was his profile in the diverse, rough-and-tumble world of San Francisco politics that a story in The San Francisco Examiner began like this: ‘The straight white male quota on the Board of Supervisors has been met.’” (Sacramento Bee)
GA GOV: Former state Rep. Stacey Evans (D) “pledged that if elected governor, she will expand a federal program aimed at increasing minority participation in state projects.” (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
“Both Democratic candidates for governor were state representatives when Georgia barred its vendors and contractors from politically boycotting Israel in support of the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement. Evans joined the 96-70 majority.” Former state House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams (D) “voted against the bill.” (Atlanta Jewish Times)
HI GOV: The Hawai‘i Regional Council of Carpenters endorsed Rep. Colleen Hanabusa (D). (release)
NE GOV: Gov. Pete Ricketts (R) on Friday invited the NRA “to move its annual meeting to Nebraska as part of his job of attracting conventions and tourists to the state.” (Omaha World-Herald)
NY GOV: “An outspoken child sex abuse survivor [Gary Greenberg] and two other victims [Jason Gough and Nikki DuBose] are forming a committee [Sexual Assault Survivors Against DeFrancisco for Governor] to oppose” state Senate Deputy Majority Leader John DeFrancisco (R). Greenberg: “We plan on informing the public of how poor a record Sen. DeFrancisco has on bringing justice for victims of child sex abuse. … Sen. DeFrancisco has firmly year after year stood with predators.” (New York Daily News)
OK GOV: Mortgage executive Kevin Stitt (R) and former U.S. Attorney Gardy Richardson (R) “said Friday they would oppose any effort to raise the legal age of purchasing semi-automatic rifles to 21, despite apparent support for the move by President Donald Trump.” State Auditor Gary Jones (R) “said the proposal was worth examining, while two others addressed school security and background checks in response to a question about the sale of so-called assault weapons.” (NewsOK)
SC GOV: Despite previously referencing her family’s ties to the Confederacy, former state cabinet member Catherine Templeton (R) claims she didn’t know one of her ancestors owned as 66 slaves. Templeton has said that she embraces her family, “warts and all” and says “This campaign is about the future, not about the past.” (Greenville News)
Gov. Henry McMaster (R) has said that would sign legislation to arm teachers in schools. (WIS)
SD GOV: A poll conducted as part of a tradition of the South Dakota Chamber of Commerce largely favored state Attorney General Marty Jackley (R). Among the chamber members, Jackley led with 60 percent with Rep. Kristi Noem (R) trailing with 23 percent of the vote. (KSFY-TV)
Noem officially opened her campaign headquarters in Sioux Falls. (KSFY-TV)
TN GOV: Rep. Diane Black (R) “released her first statewide TV ad” on Friday, which highlights her work on tax overhaul with President Trump and her background as a nurse. (release)
Black, businessman Bill Lee (R), state Speaker Beth Harwell (R), and former state cabinet member Randy Boyd (R) met at a forum hosted by the Williamson County Republican Party, marking the first time the top four candidates have appeared together since former state Sen. Mae Beavers (R) dropped out. Black has notably skipped many gubernatorial events, a fact she defending saying “Unlike some of the others, I am still working in Congress and doing my job. We’ll evaluate them as they come along.” The candidates discussed immigration, property taxes, and Planned Parenthood funding. (Nashville Tennessean)
TX GOV: Former state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte (D) endorsed former Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez (D) on Friday. (release)
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