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The Baltimore Sun

Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jay Leno

2. Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger announced his candidacy for governor on Jay Leno's "Tonight Show," catching many of his political advisors off-guard. Previously Schwarzenegger had been eying a run in 2006, the next scheduled election year. Issa, who had hoped to run, quickly stepped aside. This Oct. 8, 2003, photo shows Leno and Gov.-elect Schwarzenegger the day after the recall election. Kevin Winter / Getty Images