- Caitlyn Jenner is considering a run for California governor, according to Axios.
- Tuesday’s report comes as Gov. Gavin Newsom likely faces a recall election this year.
- Jenner is a longtime Republican.
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Caitlyn Jenner is considering a run for California governor as embattled Gov. Gavin Newsom faces a recall attempt, according to an Axios report on Tuesday.
The US Olympic athlete and former “Keeping Up With The Kardashians” reality TV star has been speaking to political advisors about her potential candidacy, three people familiar with the matter told the outlet.
Caroline Wren, a Republican fundraiser who previously fundraised for former President Donald Trump’s 2020 campaign, is working with Jenner, Axios reported. Wren did not immediately return Insider’s request for comment. A spokesperson for Jenner also did not immediately return Insider’s request for comment.
The report comes as Newsom likely faces a recall election later this year, a unique situation that allows voters to decide whether to remove him from office during the middle of his four-year term. Newsom won the 2018 gubernatorial election with 61% of the vote.
The last time Californians recalled a governor was in 2003, when Democratic Gov. Gray Davis was ousted and replaced by Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Republicans have launched a recall campaign against Newsom as part of a growing backlash over his handling of the coronavirus pandemic. As of Tuesday, the state has reported more than 3.6 million cases and over 59,000 deaths, according to data compiled by The New York Times.
The race has not yet been authorized. Nearly 1,500,000 petition signatures from registered voters are required to put the election on the ballot, ABC News reported. Recall organizers say they have exceeded that minimum, but state and local officials have until April 29 to count the signatures and determine if an election will be held, Capital Radio News reported.
Should she decide to enter the race, Jenner, a longtime Republican, would join three Republicans who have already announced their intentions to run in a recall election.