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Newsom Takes Another Step for Lt. Gov, Hahn Garners Villaraigosa's Support

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Will he or won't he run for Lt. Governor? That's the big question San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, a former candidate for Governor, has to answer by Friday, which is the deadline to finish filing for the campaign. Today he paid a $2,600 filing fee to submit initial paperwork, but a spokesman tells KCBS not to read too much into it. Newsom must turn in signatures needed to enter the race by Friday. Meanwhile, L.A. City Councilmember Janice Hahn has been rocking along on her campaign, throwing some punches at Newsom and earning numerous endorsements, including one from Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on Wednesday.

Columnist Rick Orlov at the Daily News notes that the move could be political in that Villaraigosa needs her votes while on the City Council.