What John Cox’s top-two win means – and what it doesn’t | The Sacramento Bee

sacbee | 6/6/2018 | Staff
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Now it’s a proper race.

Republican John Cox finished second in Tuesday’s top-two gubernatorial primary. He’ll face Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom in November’s general election to see who will succeed Gov. Jerry Brown. The odds of a Cox victory are long – but then again, Hillary Clinton was a mortal lock to win the presidency, too.

COX - HAS - AN - OPPORTUNITY - TO

COX HAS AN OPPORTUNITY TO DO WITH THE STATE REPUBLICAN PARTY WHAT TRUMP HAS ATTEMPTED FITFULLY TO DO WITH THE GOP NATIONWIDE: TOSS THE OLD CHECKLIST, FORCE DEMOCRATS TO ANSWER FOR THEIR FAILURES, SLAY OLD PIETIES, AND DISRUPT THE ESTABLISHMENT FROM TOP TO BOTTOM.

The Sacramento Bee’s Capitol Alert headline from Wednesday morning encapsulates how Newsom and the Democrats will want to shape the campaign narrative in the months ahead: “Trump-backed Republican faces Newsom in California’s governor race.”

But it isn’t so simple.

Cox got the president’s endorsement, to the chagrin of his Republican rival, Assemblyman Travis Allen. Allen might have talked like Trump, but the Orange County lawmaker lacked the one thing the president tends to look for before giving his nod: a clear path to victory.

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Remember, Cox didn’t even vote for the president in 2016. He voted for Gary Johnson, the Libertarian. Nevertheless, Trump tweeted his congratulations Wednesday. “He can win,” the president wrote.

Cox could win because he offers voters a genuine choice for once.

Look - Coast - Job - Tech - Banking

Look, if you happen to live on the coast and you have a six-figure-income job in tech or banking or law, odds are life is sweet and Newsom is your candidate. But if you live anywhere else, you might have noticed all that glitters is not gold in this progressive utopia of ours.

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