Trump helps John Cox, for now

Good morning, California.
“We didn’t have any notice that this announcement was coming,” J.J. Ament, of the Metro Denver Economic Development Corp., said Wednesday of Chipotle’s Mexican Grill’s decision to move its headquarters from Denver to Newport Beach. Ament was in San Francisco to check on Bay Area companies that have expanded in Colorado.

In some districts and states, Republicans think twice about courting President Trump’s endorsement. In deep blue California, Republican John Cox is finding gold in Trump’s embrace of his campaign for governor.

A Public Policy Institute of California poll released Wednesday shows Democrat Gavin Newsom with 25 percent of the vote, Cox with 19 percent and Democrat Antonio Villaraigosa with 15 percent, 12 days before the June 5 primary.

Trump’s endorsement in a tweet last Friday came while the survey was underway. But PPIC president Mark Baldassare noted that three fourths of Republican voters have a favorable view of Trump, and are inclined to vote for candidates endorsed by Trump:

“To the extent it becomes known, it helps.”

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