SF Mayor Drops Out of Calif. Governor's Race
Newsom's decision makes Jerry Brown virtual lock for Dem nod
By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 30, 2009 6:20 PM CDT
Bill Clinton had endorsed San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom's run for governor.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Citing his responsibilities as San Francisco mayor and as a new father, Democrat Gavin Newsom withdrew today from the race to succeed Arnold Schwarzenegger as California governor. Despite the heavyweight endorsement of Bill Clinton, Newsom has had trouble raising money; his departure leaves state attorney general, and former governor, Jerry Brown virtually unchallenged for the party’s 2010 nomination.