The man who may be California’s next governor stands on a wooden box and grins.
He is 6-foot-3 so his head nearly hits the ceiling of a cramped room where supporters of local Democratic candidates from this agricultural region have gathered. He is sweating and hoarse, but his camera-ready looks, all pearly teeth and swept-back hair, beam.
Like a preacher facing his congregants, Gavin Newsom, 50 — San Francisco’s onetime mayor, the state’s lieutenant governor and tonight’s debate opponent for Republican gubernatorial candidate John Cox — is hammering out his favorite secular homily.
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