SACRAMENTO (AP) — Former Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado has abandoned his long-shot GOP bid for governor of California, as he floundered for support and campaign cash.
The former state senator and member of a successful farming family held a news conference Thursday in his hometown of Santa Maria to say he was dropping out of the race and would not run for any other office this year.READ MORE: East Bay Fire Departments Ready Their Resources for Dry, Dangerous Season
He exited the race by declaring, “now is not my time.”READ MORE: Evacuations Ordered as Wildfire Burns in Butte County North of Chico
That leaves Republican state Assemblyman Tim Donnelly as the only major candidate to announce a challenge to Gov. Jerry Brown. The Democratic governor has not yet formally declared his intention to run for re-election even though he is raising millions of dollars for a campaign.MORE NEWS: Sunnyvale Police Arrest Man Suspected of Homicide Following Fight With an Associate
Former U.S. Treasury official Neel Kashkari, a Republican, has been considering a run.