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Biden to drop Newsom as recall contenders make final push

Candidates for the California recall election rolled out statewide and media networks on Monday for a final appeal to voters ahead of election day, with President Biden due to travel to Long Beach that evening to replace Governor Gavin Newsom.

After spending the day in Boise, Idaho and Sacramento visiting the wildfire devastation and discussing his administration’s response, Biden plans to arrive in Long Beach for a 7 p.m. campaign stop with the governor of Long Beach City College.

The president’s arrest in California crowns the campaign’s closing act for Newsom, which has touted the support of several leading Democrats in recent weeks, including former President Obama, Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and Independent Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont. Last week Vice President Kamala Harris returned to California to rally voters for governor.

The Biden administration has a vested interest in the outcome of the recall. Newsom victory could lift Democrats after several politically difficult weeks for the president, including popularity took a hit due to the resurgence of the COVID-19 pandemic and the chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan. The election of a Republican governor could be devastating for Democrats nationwide, with the possibility that the new governor will appoint a replacement for Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) If she steps down and leaves a seat vacant in the deeply divided Senate.

Long Beach actively began preparations for the presidential visit by sending a message to residents warning them to street closures and traffic jams.

“Incredibly proud that President Biden is visiting Long Beach on his first trip to California since being elected as @POTUS,” tweeted Mayor Robert Garcia, a close ally of Biden and Harris.

Meanwhile, Republican Leader Larry Elder has made stops throughout Los Angeles County, starting in Monterey Park to present a medal to a World War II veteran and discuss his campaign platform, including his support for school choice and the repeal of vaccination mandates. He then went to Philippe the Original, a French sandwich shop near Dodgers Stadium, to chat with voters over lunch. His last campaign event for the day is expected to be a volunteer rally at a hotel in Costa Mesa.

Assembly Member Kevin Kiley (R-Rocklin) kicked off a “drive to election day” tour of San Diego on Monday morning, with a scheduled afternoon stop at Manual Arts High School in Los Angeles, where he previously taught English.

Republican candidate John Cox also kicked off a bus tour through California, with an afternoon stop at the upscale French Laundry restaurant in Napa Valley, a blow to Newsom, who participated in a birthday gathering at the restaurant last year. The governor’s presence at the event – with several unmasked people outside his home – directly contradicted the state’s COVID-19 guidelines to the public at the time, and sparked a wave of support for the recall Californians frustrated by the governor for breaking his own rules.

Other replacement candidates ended their campaign with a series of media interviews instead of scouring the state. Former Republican San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer appeared on CNN and “Inside California politics ” over the weekend, and former Olympic decathlete Caitlyn Jenner, also a Republican, was planning to participate in national media talks on Monday, a campaign spokesperson said.

Some Republicans have already started laying the groundwork to challenge the election if Newsom wins, despite no evidence of voter problems. Former President Trump made a statement on Monday, alluding to the 2020 presidential election which he continued to falsely paint as having been stolen from him: “Does anyone really believe that the recall election in California is not rigged?

Newsom anticipated the pullback at a rally on Sunday, recounting a rally of a few hundred supporters in Sun Valley.

“It’s act two in the big lie. This is what we are fighting against, Democrats.

Times writer Eli Stokols contributed to this report.