Three Republicans, Two Democrats Vying to Succeed Schwarzenegger

In the midst of high unemployment and a struggling economy, many Californians are looking forward to the California Gubernatorial Election in November of next year.

Written by TAYLOR EVANKO / Published October 23, 2009

The 2010 gubernatorial elections for California are just around the corner. Current Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, a Republican, is term-limited and cannot run again.

Citizens will likely turn to a leader capable of reviving California’s economy. In August, the unemployment rate climbed to a record 12.2 percent and budget problems for next fiscal year are expected.

Five major candidates have entered or are expected to enter the race: three Republicans, two Democrats.

The Republican candidates are former CEO of eBay Meg Whitman, Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner and former Congressman Tom Campbell.

A few weeks ago, the Republican gubernatorial candidates addressed the GOP at its state convention.

Whitman called for additional budget cuts, totaling $15 billion and the layoff of tens of thousands of state employees. Poizner advocated for a reduction of state taxes by ten percent. Campbell, the most moderate candidate, offered a detailed plan to fix the state’s chronic budget crisis that included raising taxes.

All three Republican candidates support abortion rights. Campbell is the only candidate to support same-sex marriage.

On the Democratic side, San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom and former governor and now the California attorney general, Jerry Brown, are competing for the party’s nomination. Newsom is the only Democrat to have officially declared he was in the race. Brown currently leads the polls.

The Democratic and Republican primary elections will be held on June 8, 2010. The general election will occur on November 2, 2010.

UPDATE: Democratic candidate Gavin Newsom withdrew from the gubernatorial race yesterday, October 30.

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