Former Northern California Rep. Doug Ose jumped into the race Friday, becoming the third minor Republican player in an already crowded field of Democrats who can actually win.
The Los Angeles Times reports this is good news for Democrat Gavin Newsom’s chief Democratic rival, Antonio Villaraigosa.
The former mayor of Los Angeles trails Newsom in the polls but is far ahead of the rest of the field. He only has to finish second in June to advance to the November election.
Republicans, who have evolved into political losers in California, already find themselves at a major disadvantage in voter registration, trailing Democrats by nearly 19 percentage points, giving the candidates a smaller pie to split.
Ose just made their plight that much worse.
A wealthy real estate developer, Ose represented the white political elite. So he offers little to the poor, the homeless, the mentally ill and people of color. Or middle-class working Californians struggling with mounting healthcare bills and sky-high mortgages.
In the end, California Republicans are facing the uncomfortable truth that no GOP candidate has won a statewide election in California for over a decade.