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Gubernatorial hopeful to make 'major announcement'

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Former Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado, a Republican candidate for governor, has scheduled a news conference for what his campaign calls a “major announcement.”

Maldonado is a former state senator who last year lost a bid for Congress. He has struggled to raise money and has held few campaign events in recent months.

Maldonado's campaign manager, Ron Nehring, declined to say what Maldonado would discuss during the Thursday news conference in the candidate's hometown of Santa Maria. He would not say whether Maldonado planned to pull out of the race.

Gov. Jerry Brown, a Democrat, is expected to seek re-election and has amassed nearly $17 million for a potential campaign. He is considered a formidable foe for any would-be opponent.

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