San Francisco — Lieutenant governor Gavin Newsom and Republican businessman John Cox won the most votes in California’s gubernatorial primary, advancing to a general election that will test the state’s position as leader of the resistance to President Donald Trump. Newsom, a Democrat who was long considered the frontrunner, captured the biggest share of votes on Tuesday, according to the Associated Press. Cox, who has never won a political race and was endorsed by Trump, placed second in a crowded field of 27 contenders. Under California’s system, the top two finishers in the primary advance regardless of party. Newsom and Cox will vie in November to succeed Jerry Brown, the 80-year-old Democrat who over the past 17 months has become the outspoken chief of blue states’ resistance to Trump’s policies. California has challenged the US government at the pace of two lawsuits a month since the president’s inauguration, with flash points including immigration policies and vehicle emission...

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