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

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   

 

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