Democratic Governor Gray Davis is guaranteeing an easy re-election victory next year.
Davis dropped his trademark caution today to take on recent polls that show him trailing former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan, one of three Republican candidates.
Says Davis, Quote “In the end, this will be a double-digit win, I assure you.” End Quote.
The governor made his remarks in Washington during an hour-long discussion with reporters.
Riordan´s campaign manager, Ron Hartwig, says Davis is making a “premature” prediction. He says the governor responded too slowly to the state´s power crisis, then overreacted and locked the state into unnecessarily costly long-term contracts.