Newsom and Republican endorsed by Trump headed to runoff for California governor, poll shows

Republican gubernatorial candidate John Cox has surged into second place in the race for California governor, according to a new poll from the Public Policy Institute of California.

Cox, a San Diego businessman and real estate investor, is favored by 19 percent of likely voters, up from 14 percent in March. His growing support, along with President Donald Trump’s endorsement last week, could result in a second-place finish in the June 5 primary and a spot in the November runoff against Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, said Mark Baldassare, president and CEO of the institute.

“The one major candidate in the race who has shown momentum over time is John Cox,” Baldassare said, noting Cox’s favorable rating among likely voters has jumped 10 points since December. “Certainly he’s within very close range of being in second place.”

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