California Recall Newsom


OAKLAND — Democratic allies of California Gov. Gavin Newsom continued to express confidence Saturday in his chances of beating back a  recall but warned his supporters not to let up on urging people to vote as they seek a decisive win, while Republicans said the contest is far from settled.

“We don’t need to just win by a little, we need to win by a lot. We need to send a message: Hands off our democracy, hands off our California,” said April Verrett, president of the SEIU Local 2015, as she rallied union members who have been among Newsom’s biggest supporters.

Newsom joined the Oakland rally as his Republican rivals made their cases up and down the state and both major parties sent volunteers out to knock on doors and urge their supporters to vote. The race concludes on Tuesday, and more than a third of voters have already mailed in their ballot or voted early in person. Former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, one of the GOP candidates, voted Saturday morning in his home city.

A recent poll from the Public Policy Institute of California shows Newsom likely to survive, and Democrats are making a stronger showing in early voting. But the GOP is expecting a larger turnout on Election Day, given many Republicans are skeptical of voting by mail.

“Anyone who is counting the recall out at this point is not really in touch with what’s actually going on with this movement,” said Republican Assemblyman Kevin Kiley, who is running to unseat Newsom and is favored by some of the recall’s original supporters.

The ballot includes two questions: Should Newsom be recalled from office and, if so, who should replace him? If a majority of voters want him gone, he’d be replaced by whoever gets the most votes among the 46 candidates on the replacement ballot.

Beyond campaigning, several candidates marked the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Larry Elder, who is considered the Republican frontrunner, attended 9/11 commemorations and a lunch with homeless and disabled veterans, and John Cox and Kiley also attended anniversary events. Before his campaign stop, Newsom visited the Wall of Heroes memorial at the California National Guard’s headquarters.

More than 7.7 million people have already voted, according to ballot tracking data compiled by Political Data Inc., a data firm that works with Democrats.

Newsom called the numbers encouraging and attributed it to more Democrats becoming aware of the recall as it winds to a close. Still, he said he’s taking nothing for granted. He’ll spend the next few days campaigning in Southern California, and on Monday he’ll be joined by Democratic President  Joe Biden.

He stuck to his closing message that the race could have profound consequences beyond California, calling it a contest of “outsize consequences.” He and other Democrats have likened it to former President Donald Trump’s refusal to accept the results of the 2020 presidential election and have charged Republicans with pursuing a recall because they can’t win a normal election. Californians haven’t elected a Republican statewide since 2006.

“The recall is about catching you while you’re sleeping,” he said. “This recall is about getting us in an off year, in an off month, while no one else is paying attention.”

(1) comment

Jimzan 2.0

""Hands off our democracy"" seems we have a new weasel....April Verrett (IMHO) . How about "hands off our children", or "hands off our businesses" Seems Verrett is siding with the political most Democrats do (Republicans also). Make Newsoms accountable for his actions, for all the homeless people that he does not care about, or if your business was shut down because of his actions. Newsom is hoping you will still support him....maybe you "enjoy" having to live in a tent. Take a look at all the misery Newsom has brought to California..Rising Crime rate, Increase in the Homeless population, All the people "fleeing" California because of Newsoms pathetic rules and regulations....I heard a comment the other day.."" It’s the sage from South Central vs. the Idiot from the French Laundry"". Newsom is betting that you are an Idiot...that using weasel words, and acting like the recall is a GOP effort..will gain him your support. Well...are you a loyal idiot?...or someone that says "I have had enough". Vote (in person if you can) on Sept 14, and make the wannabe Dictator pay for his actions and for "all' the many lives he has destroyed...for all the out of control fires that his actions have caused, and the many Business he has caused to go bankrupt. Are you going to be a loyal idiot, or are you going to stand up and say...

"No more" to Gavin Newsom.

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