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After campaigning for Republican Meg Whitman, Michael Bloomberg backs Democrat Gavin Newsom

October 29, 2010 |  5:27 pm

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who campaigned last week for Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman, has endorsed Democrat Gavin Newsom for lieutenant governor.

"Running a city requires creativity and a commitment to solutions that work, regardless of their ideological origins," Bloomberg said in a statement sent out by Newsom's campaign staff Friday afternoon. "Mayor Newsom has demonstrated a dedication to innovative policies that protect the environment, improve the city’s education system, and create jobs."

Newsom is in a close race with Republican Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado. A recent Los Angeles Times/USC poll  found him leading by five percentage points, just outside the survey's margin of error.

-- Kate Linthicum