Caitlyn Jenner Odds To Win California Governor Race Long
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Caitlyn Jenner, a Republican and former Olympic great who has become a prominent activist for transgender rights, announced Friday that she is looking to unseat California Democratic governor Gavin Newsom in this year’s recall election – should there be a recall election.
Celebrity governors in California are nothing new. Ronald Reagan was best known as an actor when he won there. And Arnold Schwarzenegger won in a special recall election in 2003 that ousted Gov. Gray Davis. Could Jenner add to the list?
According to British bookmaker Ladbrokes, Jenner is +2500, or 25/1, to become governor in California. The only other odds the operator is offering in the race are 100/1 for actor Randy Quaid, a staunch supporter of former President Donald Trump who said he is seriously considering a run.
Political betting is not legal in the United States but is very popular in Europe. Election odds were much discussed throughout the 2020 Presidential Election campaign as well.
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Newsom has been under attack in the state for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, though Republican backers of a recall effort have tried to make his leadership on the state economy a focal point. Organizers have claimed they have exceeded the 1.5 million signatures needed to trigger such an election, but it is still not certain if indeed a recall election will happen or when (though fall would be most likely).
Breaking News: Caitlyn Jenner, the Republican former Olympian and prominent transgender activist, is set to run for California governor, those close to her said.https://t.co/nIpClQvXPz— The New York Times (@nytimes) April 23, 2021
“For the past decade, we have seen the glimmer of the Golden State reduced by one-party rule that places politics over progress and special interests over people,” Jenner wrote in her announcement, according to the New York Times. “This will be a campaign of solutions, providing a roadmap back to prosperity to turn this state around and finally clean up the damage Newsom has done to this state.”
Jenner’s announcement represents one of the most prominent bids for public office by an openly transgender person in the United States. But it is, indeed, a longshot. Just 40 percent of voters in the state supported a recall while more than half approved of Newsom’s job performance, according to a Public Policy Institute of California poll.