Caitlyn Jenner is officially running for governor in California

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Caitlyn Jenner speaks at the 4th annual Women’s March LA: Women Rising at Pershing Square on January 18, 2020 in Los Angeles, California.

  • Caitlyn Jenner announced her campaign for governor of California on Friday, Axios first reported.
  • Jenner will run in the recall against current Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom.
  • The former Olympian athlete and reality TV star is a longtime Republican.
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Caitlyn Jenner has filed paperwork to run for governor in California and officially announced her bid on Friday, Axios first reported.

The former Olympian and reality TV star is a longtime Republican and is vying to unseat Democratic incumbent Gavin Newsom, who was elected in 2018 and is facing a recall election this year.

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Jenner’s campaign website and WinRed donation page went live on Friday morning. She also announced her campaign on her Twitter account, which boasts 3.5 million followers.

“California has been my home for nearly 50 years. I came here because I knew that anyone, regardless of their background or station in life, could turn their dreams into reality,” the homepage of Jenner’s campaign website says.

“But for the past decade, we have seen the glimmer of the Golden State reduced by one-party rule that places politics over progress and special interests over people. Sacramento needs an honest leader with a clear vision.”

Jenner was previously reported to be considering a bid for governor and to have consulted with former Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale about a possible campaign.

Axios reports that while Parscale isn’t formally involved in Jenner’s gubernatorial bid, her campaign team includes other Trump campaign and administration alumni including Tony Fabrizio, the Trump campaign’s former pollster, and former White House communications aide Stephen Cheung.

A Jenner campaign advisor told Axios they believe Jenner could pose a real threat to Newsom based on her high name recognition from years of appearing on the popular reality show Keeping Up with the Kardashians and her socially liberal views. Jenner, who came out as transgender six years ago in 2015, would be the first trans governor elected in the United States.

She describes herself as a “compassionate disrupter” in her statement announcing her campaign, arguing she is a “proven winner and the only outsider who can put an end to Gavin Newsom’s disastrous time as governor.”

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