Biden to campaign for Newsom in California
President Biden will travel to California on Monday to campaign for Governor Gavin Newsom, adding another volley of national Democratic firepower to the governor’s attempt to thwart a Republican-led effort to recall him.
The president will appear with Mr Newsom in Long Beach for a final rally as the wind of the recall comes to an end by the September 14 voting deadline. Vice President Kamala Harris appeared with the governor in Oakland on Wednesday and former President Barack Obama recorded a campaign ad released this week.
Senators Elizabeth Warren and Amy Klobuchar stomped for governor over Labor Day weekend, and Senator Bernie Sanders is featured in a television ad that is heavily circulated across the state.
During the summer, Mr Newsom’s aides in California complained privately that National Democrats were not paying enough attention to a race that, although it initially seemed a long shot, to have a nationwide impact. A few weeks ago, Mr Newsom was on the verge of an indefinite recall, but poll and ballot returns now suggest he is moving on.
According to Political Data, Inc., which provides election data, nearly a third of voters voted Thursday morning — the result of pandemic voting rules that sent mail-in ballots to all 22 million active and registered voters in California. So far more than twice as many Democrats have returned their ballots than Republicans – although many Republicans are waiting to cast their vote in person.
The governor has also struggled to connect with the state’s large and growing core of Latino voters, many of whom have said he is ambivalent about both Mr Newsom and the Democratic Party. So far only 20 percent of Latino voters have returned their ballots, compared to 36 percent of white voters.
Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia tweeted that he looked forward to welcoming the president and governor to his city on Monday. Mr Garcia is the first Latino and openly gay man to lead a city of nearly half a million people and was tapped to speak at the Democratic National Convention last year.
Seeking to oust the state’s vast Democratic base in the year-long special election, Mr Newsom portrayed a recall effort led by right-wing extremists seeking to seize power in the country’s biggest liberal stronghold Is. Veterans in his camp include not only nationally known Democrats, but also celebrities such as Katy Perry and George Lopez, who have taken to their social media accounts.
He has found a rich target in the lead candidate to oppose him, conservative talk radio host Larry Elder, who has said that employers should be able to ask women about their fertility plans and that all pandemic mandates should be carried out immediately if governor is elected. I have vowed to take it. .
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