After a weekend of trying to woo delegates at their state convention, none of the Democratic gubernatorial candidates was able to win enough support to secure the party's endorsement, which required 60 percent of the delegate vote.
Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom garnered the most support, with 39 percent of the votes. State Treasurer John Chiang came in second with 30 percent, followed by former State Superintendent of Public Instruction Delaine Eastin with 20 percent. Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa came in a distant fourth with 9 percent of the vote.
It was a rough weekend for Villaraigosa, who polls show pulling closer to race front-runner Newsom. Many of those at the convention were union members, and Villaraigosa was often at odds with teachers unions while he was mayor of L.A. During the convention's Labor Caucus meeting, Villaraigosa was loudly booed when he began to speak. Still, he tried to tout his labor credentials.
"I was a steward, chief steward and president of a union at 25 years old," he said. "I've been fighting for working people my entire life."
Newsom has been endorsed by several large unions, including the California Teachers Association and SEIU. He seemed to have much more traction with the crowd, drawing cheers and chants throughout the weekend -- though, with such a crowded field, it was unlikely Newsom would be able to secure the party's endorsement.