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Newsom, Cox faceoff for governor in November

Villaraigosa's defeat was predicted by a Policy Research and Practice Institute (PRPI) poll of black voters in California

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Gavin Newsom, Democratic candidate for governor of California, right, and his wife Jennifer Siebel Newsom, wave to attendees during a primary election watch party in San Francisco, California, U.S., on Tuesday, June 5, 2018. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and San Diego Republican businessman John Cox to represent major parties

By MANNY OTIKO, Contributing Writer

SACRAMENTO (CBM) — California’s so-called jungle primary, which picks the top two candidates from either party, looks like it will produce a contest between a Democrat and a Republican after all.

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom was the winner of the primary followed by Republican John Cox, a Chicago native who now lives in San Diego. They were followed by former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, according to projected results.

Villaraigosa had been expected to challenge Newsom in the gubernatorial race but came up short. Villaraigosa raised concerns regarding polling locations after voters reported irregularities in Los Angeles County. More than 100,000 names were omitted from the voting roll because of “a printing error.”

Villaraigosa’s defeat was predicted by a Policy Research and Practice Institute (PRPI) poll of Black voters in California. According to the PRPI poll, 33 percent of black voters supported Newsom, while Villaraigosa gained 16 percent of the vote.

Cox, a businessman, and a lawyer, has never held elective office although he has run several times. He ran unsuccessfully for U.S. Senate and Cook County Recorder of Deeds in Illinois. He even ran for president in 2008, but his campaign fizzled out quickly. He also voted for Libertarian Gary Johnson in the 2016 presidential campaign.

Cox is a moderate Republican. He is against the death penalty and said he wants to adopt the Portuguese model when it comes to drug use. (Portugal has adopted a successful model where possessors of small amounts of drugs such as marijuana are sentenced to treatment instead of jail.)

Cox also launched a campaign to try and repeal the gas tax. His platform is reducing corruption and lowering California’s taxes.

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