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23 Candidates for Governor on June Ballot

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The certified list of candidates for the June 8th ballot was released last night. It's 177 pages (.pdf) of all the races across the state, from Governor to Congress to the State Assembly. In all, there are 650 candidates for 150-plus offices, including 50 congressional representatives, 80 state assembly seats and 20 even-numbered State Senate seats.

Despite the number of candidates for Governor, it's really a three-person race in the media and if you really look at the numbers, it's a two-candidate race between former Governor and Attorney General Jerry Brown and former eBay CEO Meg Whitman, who is ahead of her top Republican competition by 5 to 1.

Of 23 gubernatorial candidates, eight are Democrats, eight are Republicans, two are American Independents, two are Green, one is Libertarian, three are Peace and Freedom. And 13 are going for Lt. Governor, which in the media has been a San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom vs. L.A. City Councilmember Janice Hahn race.

Because this is a primary election, winners from each party will move on to the November 2nd ballot. The last day to register to vote in the June 8, 2010, Statewide Direct Primary Election is May 24. The last day to request a vote-by-mail ballot is June 1.