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California Democrats have Attorney General (and former governor) Jerry Brown and San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom as gubernatorial candidates. The question, as the Contra Costa Times reports, is whether they want more options:
SACRAMENTO -- Democrats are playing a parlor game as they map out the possibilities in the governor's race, asking such delicious questions as: If Lt. Gov. John Garamendi loses in his bid for the 10th Congressional seat, will he jump back into the governor's race?
Or, will U.S. Rep. Loretta Sanchez, D-Los Angeles, join the race as a Latina alternative to Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who pulled out earlier? Or, will U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-San Francisco, finally make the leap, eschewing the seniority and leadership roles she has in the august chambers of the Senate?
It's not that Democrats are necessarily dissatisfied with the two presumed to be in the race -- San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom and Attorney General Jerry Brown -- but they're accustomed to primary contests that at least start out with the look of a wild brawl.
I've been a bit skeptical about Brown and Newsom, but Brown looks pretty good in early polling. Still, Brown and Newsom are both white guys from the Bay area. There's an opening for someone else to jump in -- provided he or she jumps in soon and has a lot of money.
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