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Villaraigosa Fights to Stay in Governor’s Race Ahead of Primary Election

Former L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is pictured before a radio interview on May 31, 2018. (Credit: Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times)

Former L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is pictured before a radio interview on May 31, 2018. (Credit: Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times)

Antonio Villaraigosa, whose meteoric rise in California politics was viewed as the embodiment of burgeoning Latino political power, is now having to defend his own turf in the city he once led in hopes of advancing in next week’s gubernatorial primary.

Multiple polls, including one released Thursday by UC Berkeley, show GOP businessman John Cox edging out the former Los Angeles mayor for second place in the June 5 primary. In California’s primary system, the top two vote-getters move on to the general election, regardless of party.

Villaraigosa and his allies are working feverishly to make sure that does not happen.

Wealthy charter-school backers launched a $2.3-million ad blitz this week attacking Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, the Democratic front-runner, as an absentee and entitled elected official.

Read the full story on LATimes.com