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Conservative GOP Lawmaker Jumps Into Calif. Governor's Race

Rich Pedroncelli / AP

Assemblyman Travis Allen, R-Huntington Beach, addresses the Assembly, Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016, in Sacramento, Calif.

Rich Pedroncelli / AP

A second Republican candidate has entered the race for California governor in 2018. Huntington Beach Assemblyman Travis Allen announced his candidacy Thursday.

A former financial planner, Allen enters the governor’s race as a conservative candidate who may appeal to the populist, Donald Trump-wing of California Republican voters. He was a speaker at the “Make America Great Again” March in Sacramento and has objected in the Assembly to Democrats’ focus on challenging the president.

On his campaign website, he calls for lower taxes, tougher crime laws and more school choice. Allen is also leading a ballot effort to repeal the state’s increased gas tax.

His candidacy could complicate the chances for a Republican to advance past the primary. GOP businessman John Cox is already in the race. If they split the vote, as Republican candidates for U.S. Senate did last year, it increases the likelihood that two Democrats advance to the general election under California’s Top Two election system.


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