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Xavier Becerra

As state attorney general, Xavier Becerra gets to battle Trump — and discourage rivals in 2018

As state attorney general, Xavier Becerra gets to battle Trump — and discourage rivals in 2018

The race for California attorney general in 2018 has been shaken up by the so-called “Trump factor,” with the state’s newly appointed top lawyer, Xavier Becerra, seeing his profile boosted to the national stage by legal challenges to the Republican president.

What was shaping up to be a free-for-all with several strong candidates before Gov. Jerry Brown appointed Becerra last month is now looking to be a much narrower race, with some candidates signaling they may drop out.

Becerra, 59, was a Democratic congressman from Los Angeles when he...

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