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Former GOP assemblyman bows out of California governor race

July 20, 2017
FILE - In this this Aug. 15, 2016 file photo, Assemblyman David Hadley, R-Manhattan Beach, speaks at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif. The former Republican assemblyman is dropping out of the race for governor of California two weeks after he jumped in. The Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday, July 19, 2017 that Hadley wrote in an email to supporters that he could not win despite receiving encouragement since announcing his candidacy. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former Republican assemblyman David Hadley is dropping out of the race for governor of California two weeks after he jumped in.

The Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday (http://lat.ms/2uegoU7) that Hadley wrote in an email to supporters that he could not win despite receiving encouragement since announcing his candidacy.

The 52-year-old from Manhattan Beach wrote that his campaign would not have the time and resources needed to make his case to voters.

The businessman served in the Assembly for two years but lost his 2016 re-election bid. He didn’t back Donald Trump for president, voting instead for libertarian Gary Johnson.

Other candidates in the 2018 race are Republican businessman John Cox, Assemblyman Travis Allen, Democratic Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, ex-Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and state Treasurer John Chiang.