Senator Jeff Denham Drops out of Lt. Gov. Race

December 10, 2009 12:00:00 AM PST
State Senator Jeff Denham says he's dropping out of the race for lieutenant governor. Denham says he will instead run for the state assembly seat being vacated by Tom Berryhill of Modesto. The republican lawmaker plans to make a formal announcement Friday.Denham's decision sets up a republican primary showdown next year between Abel Maldonado and Nevada County State Senator Sam Aanestad.

Governor Schwarzenegger recently picked Maldonado to fill the lieutenant governor's seat until next year's election.