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Newsom Makes 2nd Campaign Stop in San Diego This Month

Two of Newsom's democratic challengers made stops in San Diego Wednesday

Gubernatorial candidate Gavin Newsom is making a campaign stop in San Diego Thursday -- his second this month and just days from the June 5 primary election.

The current state Lt. Governor is expected to meet with residents at a senior wellness center in San Diego before heading to Palm Springs, then Los Angeles on his "Courage for a Change" bus tour. 

Two of Newsom's Democratic challengers made stops in San Diego Wednesday.

Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa stopped by the NBC 7 Studio to discuss the need for better well-paying jobs in California before heading to the U.S.-Mexico border to meet with immigration reform advocates.  

Chiang, who is polling at about fifth in the gubernatorial race, toured a homeless veterans center in San Diego Wednesday, proclaiming he is the only candidate with a viable plan to solve the state’s housing crisis.

Chiang, the current state treasurer, criticized Newsom, the former mayor of San Francisco, and Villaraigosa for housing problems in those cities.

The top two candidates in Tuesday's primary will face each other in the November 2018 election. More than 1.6 million ballots have already been cast by mail.

The heat is especially intense for Republican John Cox and Democrat Antonio Villaraigosa, whom polls show to be in a tough fight for the second of two slots on the general election ballot.

Candidates are exploring creative strategies and benefiting from massive spending as they try to get the edge on their rivals in the race’s final days.

Cox was recently given a boost in the polls when he was backed by President Donald Trump: "I fully endorse John Cox for Governor and look forward to working with him to Make California Great Again!” the President tweeted.

Democrat Gavin Newsom is the undisputed front-runner and is expected to advance.

Republican Travis Allen and Democrats Delaine Eastin and Chiang have small but enthusiastic bases of support they hope will push them into second place.

Newsom was also in San Diego on May 14. He was hosted by Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 221 in Kearny Mesa and spoke about hot-button topics like the state's housing crisis,  gun control and healthcare. 

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 7 San Diego

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