Doug Ose Joins Republican Field For California Governor

Jan 5, 2018

The California GOP delegation (center, Jim Brulte; right, Doug Ose) leads the fight for Donald Trump as the 2016 Republican National Convention erupts over a Rules debate.

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A third Republican has entered this year’s California governor’s race.

Doug Ose served three terms in Congress – from 1999 to 2004 – representing a suburban Sacramento district. Because of a self-imposed term limit pledge, he declined to run for a fourth term. He did, however, run twice later. He lost a Republican primary for an open seat in 2008 and fell to an incumbent Democrat by less than one percent in November 2014.

After being considered a moderate in Congress, Ose was a vocal backer of Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential race – and played a prominent role in the California delegation to the Republican National Convention.

Ose joins a crowded field of six candidates under a California primary system in which the top two finishers in June advance to the November general election – regardless of political party. In addition to four Democrats, two other Republicans are already in the race: San Diego businessman John Cox and Orange County Assemblyman Travis Allen.