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Will Villaraigosa run for governor? He may answer today

June 22, 2009 |  9:18 am

Villa Will Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa stick around for his second term?

Cable news network CNN said Villaraigosa finally will answer that question today when he appears with Wolf Blitzer on "The Situation Room." The interview will be held just days after The Times reported that Angelenos were lukewarm on a gubernatorial bid in 2010.

The poll found that 48% of respondents did not want Villaraigosa to run for governor, compared to 42% who did and 10% who didn't commit either way.

Villaraigosa, who will appear on CNN at 1 p.m. PST, will begin his second four-year term July 1. He won re-election in March by a tepid 55% margin -- a percentage mirrored by his job approval numbers in the poll.

Some political experts believe Villaraigosa would need stronger support from his city to launch a bid for statewide office. Nearly half of the respondents to The Times' poll said the city needs to head in a direction different from the path charted by Villaraigosa.

-- David Zahniser

Photo: Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa talks during a news conference at a downtown fire station in Los Angeles. Credit: AP Photo/Richard Vogel