California Candidates For Governor Debate Ahead Of Primary

Antonio Villaraigosa speaks

Five candidates running for California's next governor took the stage at USC for a debate.  They included Democrats Antonio Villaraigosa, Delaine Eastin and John Chiang, and Republicans John Cox and Travis Allen.  The most notable absence from last night's town hall was Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, the assumed frontrunner in the race to replace Governor Jerry Brown.  

The 90-minute debate focused on other hot-button issues such as housing, the budget, immigration and California's sanctuary law.  The six candidates are looking ahead to the June 5th primary, where the top two candidates, regardless of political party, will advance to the November election.

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