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Two Prominent Democrats In Governor´s Race

Two Democrats have announced plans to run for governor in the recall election.

Lieutenant Governor Cruz Bustamante broke party ranks to become the first prominent Democrat to declare his own candidacy. Another Democrat, state Insurance Commissioner John Garamendi, will also take out papers to run.

In a faxed statement, Bustamante says he plans to pick up candidacy papers this morning for the October 7 election. As late as Tuesday, he had maintained he would not put his name on the ballot to recall Governor Davis. His aides declined to elaborate on his announcement.

Bustamante´s announcement came hours after Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger announced on “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” that he was running for governor.

Earlier yesterday, the state´s most popular Democrat, Senator Dianne Feinstein, announced she would not place her name on the recall ballot.