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Newsom

Democrat from California

Gavin Newsom is a former mayor of San Francisco and current lieutenant governor of California. He is a Democratic candidate in the 2018 California governor's race.

The PolitiFact scorecard

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Recent stories featuring Gavin Newsom

Did Gavin Newsom 'separate families and deport children' in San Francisco?

John Cox, Newsom's GOP opponent in the race for California governor, made this claim. PolitiFact California found there's some truth, but it's also missing some important context.

Has Obama endorsed in the California governor’s race? No.

A recent campaign mailer and TV ad feature former President Barack Obama warmly embracing California candidate for governor Antonio Villaraigosa, conveying the possible impression that Obama has endorsed the former mayor of Los Angeles. But that’s simply not the case.

VIDEO: Our early fact-checking on claims in California governor's debate

PolitiFact California's early impressions on statements made at Tuesday's gubernatorial candidates debate in San Jose. 

It’s debate time: How have the candidates for California governor fared with the facts?

Ahead of Tuesday’s gubernatorial debate, PolitiFact California reviews how candidates have fared with the truth, including a look at candidates’ claims about past accomplishments and assertions made in TV campaign ads.

Tale of two different Gavin Newsom TV ads

The Gavin Newsom for Governor campaign says it has not pulled its "First" TV ad that includes a claim PolitiFact California rated False. A spokesman told us the campaign is running a similar but separate TV ad that omits the claim in question but was produced back in February, and not in response to any factual concerns.