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.
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.