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Holiday Marks Beginning Of Political Campaigning

Labor Day marks the traditional start of heavy campaigning for the November general election. Incumbent Democratic Governor Gray Davis plans to fly to labor rallies in Los Angeles, Pleasanton and San Diego. His Republican opponent Bill Simon is scheduled to attend a barbecue at the Nixon Library in Orange County, and also greet voters at the State Fair in Sacramento. Simon´s campaign has been saving its scant financial resources for television campaign spots in the next two months. Davis has had a huge edge in campaign funds and plans to increase his already heavy television spending.

But state Republican spokesman Bob Stutzman thinks the September eleventh observances may keep voters from focusing on the November fifth election until later than years past. Both candidates say they will not air campaign ads on September tenth and eleventh.