Democratic Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and Republican businessman John Cox are rolling through California as they hand out candy, stop for selfies and do whatever else they can to round up votes for governor.

Republican gubernatorial candidate John Cox talks to reporters before beginning a statewide bus tour Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018, in Sacramento, Calif. Cox is running against Lt. Gov., Democrat Gavin Newsom in the Nov. 6 election.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
Republican gubernatorial candidate John Cox talks to reporters before beginning a statewide bus tour Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018, in Sacramento, Calif. Cox is running against Lt. Gov., Democrat Gavin Newsom in the Nov. 6 election.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
Republican gubernatorial candidate John Cox talks to reporters before beginning a statewide bus tour Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018, in Sacramento, Calif. Cox is running against Lt. Gov., Democrat Gavin Newsom, in the Nov. 6 election. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
Republican gubernatorial candidate John Cox talks to reporters before beginning a statewide bus tour Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018, in Sacramento, Calif. Cox is running against Lt. Gov., Democrat Gavin Newsom, in the Nov. 6 election. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

With much of the nation gripped by the fight for control of the U.S. House, the candidates for governor are too. Newsom and Cox are both carving out time to join their party’s candidates in closely contested congressional races in Southern California and the Central Valley.

Republican gubernatorial candidate John Cox talks to reporters before beginning a statewide bus tour Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018, in Sacramento, Calif. Cox is running against Lt. Gov., Democrat Gavin Newsom in the Nov. 6 election..(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
Republican gubernatorial candidate John Cox talks to reporters before beginning a statewide bus tour Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018, in Sacramento, Calif. Cox is running against Lt. Gov., Democrat Gavin Newsom in the Nov. 6 election..(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom right, the Democratic candidate for governor, talks with reporters after his visit to the Penleigh Child Development Center, Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018, in Sacramento, Calif. The stop was part of a statewide bus tour in the days leading up to the Nov. 6 election. Newsom, is running against San Diego area businessman John Cox, a San Diego, a Republican. At left is Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom right, the Democratic candidate for governor, talks with reporters after his visit to the Penleigh Child Development Center, Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018, in Sacramento, Calif. The stop was part of a statewide bus tour in the days leading up to the Nov. 6 election. Newsom, is running against San Diego area businessman John Cox, a San Diego, a Republican. At left is Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, right, the Democratic candidate for governor, got in the Halloween spirit dressing up as Batman during his visit to the Penleigh Child Development Center, Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018, in Sacramento, Calif. The stop was part of a statewide bus tour in the days leading up to the Nov. 6 election. Newsom is running against San Diego area businessman John Cox, a San Diego, a Republican. At left is Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, right, the Democratic candidate for governor, got in the Halloween spirit dressing up as Batman during his visit to the Penleigh Child Development Center, Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018, in Sacramento, Calif. The stop was part of a statewide bus tour in the days leading up to the Nov. 6 election. Newsom is running against San Diego area businessman John Cox, a San Diego, a Republican. At left is Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

Polling has showed Newsom with a comfortable lead. He is focusing his final pitch on early education and his commitment to fighting President Donald Trump.

Ezekel Miner, 2, takes some candy from California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, both dressed as Batman, during Newsom's Halloween visit to the Penleigh Child Development Center, Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018, in Sacramento, Calif. Newsom the Democratic candidate for governor, is starting a statewide bus tour for the final days leading up to the Nov. 6 election. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
Ezekel Miner, 2, takes some candy from California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, both dressed as Batman, during Newsom’s Halloween visit to the Penleigh Child Development Center, Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018, in Sacramento, Calif. Newsom the Democratic candidate for governor, is starting a statewide bus tour for the final days leading up to the Nov. 6 election. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
Getting into the Halloween spirit, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, dressed as Batman, hands out Halloween treats to costumed children during his visit to The Penleigh Child Development Center, Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018, in Sacramento, Calif Newsom the Democratic candidate for governor, is starting a statewide bus tour for the final days leading up to the Nov. 6 election. Newsom is running against Republican John Cox, a San Diego area businessman. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
Getting into the Halloween spirit, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, dressed as Batman, hands out Halloween treats to costumed children during his visit to The Penleigh Child Development Center, Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018, in Sacramento, Calif Newsom the Democratic candidate for governor, is starting a statewide bus tour for the final days leading up to the Nov. 6 election. Newsom is running against Republican John Cox, a San Diego area businessman. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

Cox is trying to make up the gap by hammering California’s high cost of living.

Source: The Associated Press