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GOP Voters, Who Do You Like: Cox or Allen?



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Who will be No. 2?
While Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom is the strong front-runner for governor in the June 5 primary, based on numerous polls, the race for who will finish second is wide open.
The top two finishers, regardless of political party, face each other in the November general election.
As blue of a state as California is, the two main Republicans in the race fared well in the recent University of California IGS poll.
Businessman John Cox achieved 18%; Assemblyman Travis Allen earned 16%.
The two Republicans sat down with Take 5 to talk about their chances and their views on the future of California.

The Questions

In this double-stuffed edition, we talk about:

— Their views on the gas tax, and how they plan to repeal it.

— How the latest positive poll numbers might propel them to the Governor’s Mansion.

— Filling in the blank: Gavin Newsom is a ____.

— Their reaction to the Randa Jarrar/Fresno State tweets that created a controversy and backlash among donors.

— What should be done with California’s budget surplus?

Cox and Allen appeared in Fresno for a debate Sunday (April 29) night. All the participating candidates, including John Chiang and Anthony Villaraigosa, attended a meet and greet at the Fresno Chamber of Commerce afterward.

Curiosity drives David Taub. The award-winning journalist might be shy, but feels mighty with a recorder in his hand. He doesn't see it his job to "hold public officials accountable," but does see it to provide readers (and voters) the information needed to make intelligent choices. Taub has been honored with several writing awards from the California News Publishers Association. He's just happy to have his stories read. Joining GV Wire in 2016, Taub covers politics, government and elections, mainly in the Fresno/Clovis area. He also writes columns about local eateries (Appetite for Fresno), pro wrestling (Off the Bottom Rope), and media (Media Man). Prior to joining the online news source, Taub worked as a radio producer for KMJ and PowerTalk 96.7 in Fresno. He also worked as an assignment editor for KCOY-TV in Santa Maria, California, and KSEE-TV in Fresno. He has also worked behind the scenes for several sports broadcasts, including the NCAA basketball tournament, and the Super Bowl. When not spending time with his family, Taub loves to officially score Fresno Grizzlies games. Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, Taub is a die-hard Giants and 49ers fan. He graduated from the University of Michigan with dual degrees in communications and political science. Go Blue! You can contact David at 559-492-4037 or at Send an Email