Gavin Newsom courts voters in San Francisco, hopes to sustain his momentum

- Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gavin Newsom wasted no time Wednesday as he greeted voters, shook hands, and took pictures at the Ferry Building in San Francisco.

Newsom was joined by his wife, Jennifer Newsom, and volunteers of his campaign. Fresh off his first place finish in Tuesday’s California primary, Newsom told KTVU’s Cristina Rendon that he is not surprised Republican John Cox secured the second place spot to advance to the general election. He said President Donald Trump’s support for Cox was significant.

“I care as much about southern California as I do northern California,” Newsom said. “I want to be a governor for the entire state, not a certain part of the state.”

Cox is endorsed by President Donald Trump, who sent a congratulatory message to Cox Wednesday morning via Twitter. Cox spoke with KTVU Mornings on 2.

“I basically just told the truth to the voters of California,” Cox said. “This state is the number one for poverty. Most people can’t afford to live here.”

Cox blames special interests for the problems facing our state. He said Newsom is part of the status quo while he represents true change.

“Mr. Newsom is a walking, taking special interest,” Cox said. “We’ve got to get the power of money out of politics.”

Newsom dismissed that comment.

“A lot of these issues, I share the same critique,” Newsom said. “We have a different recipe and strategy. He’s good at identifying some of these issues. I think we have a better approach to solving some of these issues and that’s what I want to focus on.”

Despite California being a blue state, Newsom said he is not taking any votes for granted over the next five months. He said now is a good opportunity for voters to see contrasting views for our state.

“He’s one of the hardest workers I’ve ever met and he has incredible conviction and courage,” Jennifer Newsom said, his wife, said. “I think he’s the leader we need now more than ever here in California.”

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