California cakewalk? No big-name rivals for Gov. Newsom

Republican state Sen. Brian Dahle, whose district includes Nevada County, announces his candidacy for governor during a news conference last month.

LOS ANGELES — Six months after winning a recall election that could have ousted him from office, Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom is in an enviable position as he revs up a reelection campaign that could give him a second four-year term.

No top-tier competitor has emerged to stand in his way and he’s flush with campaign cash. He had roughly $25 million in his main political committee at the end of 2021.

California cakewalk? No big-name rivals for Gov. Newsom

Gov. Gavin Newsom delivers his annual State of the State address in Sacramento last week. Six months after beating back a recall election that could have removed him from office, Newsom appears headed into a less risky reelection for a second, four-year- term.

California cakewalk? No big-name rivals for Gov. Newsom

FILE — Former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer responds to a question during a debate between candidates for the upcoming California recall election, held by the Sacramento Press Club in Sacramento, Calif., Aug. 17, 2021. Faulconer, a Republican, who finished third in the effort to recall Gov. Gavin Newsom from office, has said the will not run for governor this year. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

California cakewalk? No big-name rivals for Gov. Newsom

FILE - U.S. Sen. Alex Padilla, D-Calif., announced legislation to address the need for affordable housing and help for the homeless, during a news conference in Sacramento, Calif., Friday, Feb. 25, 2022. Padilla, who was appointed by California Gov. Gavin Newsom to fill the seat left vacant when then-Sen. Kamala Harris became vice-president, faces no big-name opposition in the June primary. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)