Politics

Former GOP congressman Doug Ose drops bid for California governor

File: Republican Doug Ose speaks during a debate with incumbent Democratic Rep. Ami Bera, for the California's 7th Congressional District seat in Sacramento on Oct. 8, 2014.
File: Republican Doug Ose speaks during a debate with incumbent Democratic Rep. Ami Bera, for the California's 7th Congressional District seat in Sacramento on Oct. 8, 2014.
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A former Republican congressman has dropped his bid for California governor, saying it's too difficult for Republicans to raise enough money for a serious campaign in the heavily Democratic state.

The Sacramento Bee reports former U.S. Rep. Doug Ose ended his campaign Monday. That's less than two months after he filed paperwork to enter the race to succeed outgoing Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown.

No Republican has won a statewide race in California since 2006.

His exit leaves two Republicans in the contest: Assemblyman Travis Allen of Huntington Beach and businessman John Cox.

Four Democrats are running: Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, state Treasurer John Chiang and former state schools chief Delaine Easton.

Ose represented the Sacramento area in Congress from 1999 to 2005.