Newsom, GOP rivals seek votes in recall’s final weekend
OAKLAND (Calif.) — Democratic allies to California Governor. Gavin Newsom expressed confidence Saturday in his odds of beating back a recall, but warned his supporters not to stop urging people to vote while they seek a decisive victory. Republicans claim that the contest is far from over.
” We don’t just need to win a little. We need to win a lot. “We need to send a signal: Hands off California, hands off democracy,” April Verrett, president, SEIU Local , said as she rallied union members that have been among Newsom ”s largest 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. On Tuesday, the race will end. More than a third have already mailed their ballots or voted in person. Kevin Faulconer (former San Diego Mayor) voted Saturday morning in his hometown.
A recent poll by the Public Policy Institute of California indicates Newsom that will survive. Democrats are also making stronger early voting showings. The GOP expects a higher turnout on Election Day because many Republicans are skeptical about voting by mail.
“Anyone counting the recall out here at this point, isn’t really in touch with the actual movement,” stated Kevin Kiley, a Republican Assemblyman who is running to unseat Newsom. He is supported by some of the original supporters.
The ballot asks two questions: Is Newsom to be recalled and, if yes, by whom? If Newsom is reelected by the majority of voters, the replacement ballot will determine who gets the most votes from the 46 candidates.
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. Newsom visited Wall of Heroes at the headquarters of the California National Guard before his campaign stop.
A record 7.7 million people voted according to data from Political Data Inc., which 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. he stated he ‘ doesn’t take anything for granted. He ‘ will spend the next few days campaigning throughout Southern California. On Monday he ‘ will be joined by Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden.
He remained true to his closing message about the potential consequences of the race beyond California. He compared it to Donald Trump’s refusal of to accept the results in the 2020 presidential elections and charged Republicans with seeking a recall as they cannot win a normal election. Since 2006., Californians have not elected a Republican in their state.
” The recall is about getting you in an off year, in an off month while no one else is paying attention,” he stated. “This recall is about getting you in an off year, and in an off month .”
The recall was made through a process that has been part of the California Constitution for over a century. The recall was originally expected to take place in October or November. However, Democrats in the California Legislature expedited the process to allow for an earlier election.
Republicans were furious at Newsom s policies regarding immigration, crime, and other issues. However, the recall drive was launched during the coronavirus pandemic. To place the recall drive on the ballot, organizers received more than 1.7million signatures. This is less than one tenth of registered voters.
“Gavin Newsom is failing Californians. Jessica Millan Patterson, California Republican Party Chairwoman, stated in a statement that California deserves better than the governor’s incompetence. “From surging crime to a broken unemployment division and raging wildfires. Our state deserves better than this governor.” She knocked on doors in Los Angeles County Saturday.
Meanwhile union leaders rallied with Newsom and pointed out his Pandemic policies for life-saving measures to home healthcare care for essential workers. They also praised him ‘s efforts to increase providers’ salaries, which were cut under the former Republican Governor. Arnold Schwarzenegger was the winner of the 2003 recall.
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