The race for California lieutenant governor, a potential political launching pad

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Democratic incumbent Eleni Kounalakis and Republican Lancaster official Angela Underwood Jacobs are competing for the position of California lieutenant governor — an under-the-radar office that has been a steppingstone for a few governors past.

California’s lieutenant governor steps in whenever the governor is out of state and serves as president of the state Senate, casting a legislative vote in the case of a tie.

The lieutenant governor also serves as a voting member on California’s higher education boards, which oversee the state’s colleges, and on commissions regarding land and water use and economic development.

Gov. Gavin Newsom himself served as lieutenant governor before taking the top spot, as did former Gov. Gray Davis.

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