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Gavin Newsom likely isn’t the answer Democrats are looking for

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President Biden’s political woes have sparked interest among Democrats to seek a potential successor. One top candidate of interest, California Gov. Gavin Newsom, possesses some considerable strengths should he take the plunge. He also has many glaring weaknesses.

Newsom’s position as leader of the nation’s largest and richest state is his most important advantage. California sent 494 delegates to the 2020 Democratic National Convention, more than 20 percent of the total needed to win the party’s nomination. Given the Democrats’ use of proportional representation in selecting delegates, Newsom likely would not win them all, but it could offer him a considerable advantage.

California’s cornucopia of wealthy Democratic donors is another big plus. The campaign funding tracking website Open Secrets reports that Californians gave nearly $1.7 billion to political campaigns in the 2020 cycle. That was almost $700 million more than second-place New York, and about 70 percent of the Golden State’s contributions went to Democrats. Newsom raised almost $60 million in his 2018 gubernatorial campaign and is sitting on more than $23 million in cash going into the general election. He would easily be able to raise enough to launch a solid effort just from home-state friends........

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