Sacramento, Calif. – President Joe Biden on Monday providing last-minute help to California Governor Gavin Newsom, who is only the fourth governor in US history and the second California governor to face a recall election.
The only second time a recall election was held for governor of California, in 2003, voters removed Democratic Governor Gray Davis and replaced Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger. Voting ends Tuesday in a race that could oust Newsom, who is a Democrat for the first time, and is seen ahead of the 2022 midterm elections, when Congress’s control and more than half of the regime are at play.
“We can show the rest of the country that we won’t let Republicans hold our state back,” Newsom tweeted. “Make sure your voice is heard. Vote not.”
Amateur Republican political organizers, upset by Newsom’s approach to crime, homelessness and immigration, launched a recall drive in early 2020, but the coronavirus pandemic mixed it into the ballot. Newsom was the first governor in the country to issue a statewide stay-at-home order that closed many businesses for months and kept children out of classes.
Conservative talk radio host and Republican front-runner Larry Elder, “There’s no front I can think of where this guy has done a good job—not in schools, not on homelessness, the way he did in this state.” has been shut down.” In the election, said at a campaign stop on Monday.
Elder planned events in Southern California, culminating with an election eve rally in Orange County, which would follow Newsom’s campaign with Biden to the north in Long Beach.
Tuesday is the last day of voting. Nearly 8 million Californians have already cast mail-in ballots. Republicans are more skeptical about mail voting, especially as former President Donald Trump has suggested that it leads to fraud, so remember that organizers are hoping Newsom’s critics are more likely to use in-person Election Day voting. will appear in large numbers.
Voters are being asked two questions: Should Newsom be recalled, yes or no, and who should replace him? The results of the second question only matter if the majority wants to remove Newsom. Recent polls from the Public Policy Institute of California and others showed Newsom beating the recall.
Lead recall organizer Orrin Heatley said Newsom is bringing Biden with him to campaign, indicating Democrats are concerned. He says neither Biden nor Trump should weigh in on the contest because it is about California issues.
“This is a matter between the people of California and their governor and it really has nothing to do with the federal government; And the president, with all due respect, should focus on his work,” Heatley said.
Meanwhile, he said Trump’s statement Monday that election rigging was “more damaging than actual fraud.”
“When people aren’t confident, if they don’t believe their vote will count, they’re not going to waste their time casting their vote,” Hatley said.
No corroborative evidence of widespread fraud has been found.
Biden visited the damage caused by wildfires in Northern California before heading south to rally with Newsom. His presence underscores the importance of Democrats in the nation’s most populous state and the main laboratory for progressive policies.
California native Vice President Kamala Harris campaigned with Newsom last week and former President Barack Obama recorded a television ad urging a recall.
“Gavin Newsom can bring all the Washington people he wants, but this election is a referendum on the governor’s failures,” said former San Diego mayor Kevin Faulkner, another Republican candidate to replace Newsom.
Businessman John Cox, a Republican who lost badly to Newsom in 2018, campaigns outside the French Laundry, the upscale Napa Valley restaurant where Newsom was last seen attending a birthday party in violation of his administration’s coronavirus rules. Was caught taking
State Legislator Kevin Kelly planned the campaign in Southern California. There are no major elected Democrats running. YouTube creator Kevin Pfarth is the most famous of the nine Democrats who are on the ballot.