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California's next governor: Who's running, who's on the fence?

California's next governor: Who's running, who's on the fence?

Welcome to your guide to the 2018 California governor’s race. The election may be far away, but listening tours are already underway, political consultants are doling out advice and pundits are handicapping favorites and wildcards.

Here are the players to keep an eye on:

Gavin Newsom

( Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

Top jobs: California’s lieutenant governor since 2010. Elected mayor of San Francisco in 2003 and reelected in 2007.

Biggest splash: Newsom, a Democrat, created a national firestorm as San Francisco mayor in 2004 when he ordered the city to issue same-sex marriage licenses.

Baggage: While mayor, he had an...

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