Billionaire and former Democrat presidential candidate Tom Steyer has decided not to run against California Governor Gavin Newsom (D) in a recall election that will be held later this year.
The decision came after a poll showed that Newsom was likely to survive the recall despite the 2.1 million signatures collected in the effort, well above the required 1.5 million.
“I have no plans to run for governor,” Steyer said during a Bloomberg TV interview Wednesday. “I am opposed to the recall. I think that it’s a Republican attack on a Democratic governor.”
Steyer had reportedly been conducting his own private polling to see whether a run against Newsom could succeed.
Several Republicans have already lined up to run against Newsom in the recall, although no date has yet been set for the vote.
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