Welcome Back, Gavin: Newsom Bows Out of Governor's Race

Audrey Fukuman, based on original illustration by @yiyinglu
Gavin Newsom and the Bay Bridge came up short this week
​If you see a tall, handsome man with slicked-back hair wandering forlornly through the city on Halloween, it may not be a denizen dressed as Gavin Newsom. It may be the real thing.

The mayor's traveling political roadshow came to an end today when he fired off a press release acknowledging he is dropping out of the governor's race:

"It is with great regret I announce today that I am withdrawing from
the race for governor of California. With a young family and
responsibilities at city hall, I have found it impossible to commit the
time required to complete this effort the way it needs to -- and should
be -- done...This is not an easy decision. But it is one made with the best
intentions for my wife, my daughter, the residents of the city and
county of San Francisco, and California Democrats."

Newsom was far behind Attorney General Jerry Brown in both the polls and fund-raising. It is unclear if Newsom will, as many have speculated, set his sights on the lieutenant governor's chair.

As Johnny Carson used to say, "More to come..."


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