Are California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s days in office over? Some voters in California would like to think so.
Newsom Recall Vote Looming: What was once viewed to be a long shot in ousting the Democratic governor is now beginning to seem possible. California voters will soon decide whether to recall Newsom on September 14. The issue is dividing the state and causing Democratic leaders to double down on their efforts to keep Newsom in office.
Newsom’s Biggest Challenger: Conservative talk radio host Larry Elder is emerging as the Republican favorite to take down Newsom. Other Republicans in the election include reality TV star and former Olympian Caitlyn Jenner, business executive John Cox, former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, and state Assemblyman Kevin Kiley.
Democrats Fight to Keep Newsom in Office: The efforts to recall Newsom have picked up steam in recent weeks, casting doubt over the ability of the Democrats to keep control of the office. Democrats are specifically worried about female voters, many of whom are not happy with Newsom’s aggressive school closures due to COVID-19 and the state’s growing homeless population.
As a result, state Democratic leaders are focusing their efforts on keeping women aligned with Newsom and his policies. This process includes pointing to the recent controversies surrounding Elder’s conservative positions and the revelation of his past derogatory comments about women. In addition, Democrats are reminding women about Elder’s controversial pro-life position and his opposition to the minimum wage. The goal of the Democrats is to whip up their base and encourage female voters to return their ballots in opposition to the recall.
Latest on Election: All of the 22 million vote-by-mail ballots have been sent to voters. The ballot contains two questions: whether they wish to recall Newsom and who they would choose to replace him. Of the 46 candidates who qualified to be listed on the ballot, there are not any establishment Democratic candidates that are challenging Newsom.
In an effort to streamline the process and keep Newsom at the helm in Sacramento, Democrats are asking their voters to skip the second question entirely and simply vote no on the first question about recalling the governor.