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Newsom California recalls opening of election polls

Should he stay or should he go?

After months of politics, postures and predictions, the polls opened Tuesday morning for Californians to decide whether Gov. Gavin Newsom should be removed from office and, if so, who should replace him.

Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder spokesman Mike Sanchez said Tuesday’s vote got off to a “good start” and about 11,000 voters had already voted by 8:30 am.

The race has caught the attention of a deeply divided nation, and whatever the outcome looks like it should be cited as evidence of the direction in which the most important political winds are blowing.

For Republicans, a successful recall would not only inflict a devastating defeat on Newsom, but shatter the Democratic hegemony entrenched in Sacramento. Democrats decried the effort as a sneaky takeover and warned of potentially dire consequences if successful.

The stakes were clear on Monday, when President Biden joined Newsom for a final campaign stoppage in Long Beach – the latest high-profile Democrat to give political weight to the governor’s cause.

“It’s not hyperbole: the nation’s eyes are on California,” Biden said. “Because the decision you are about to make will not only have a huge impact on California, it will reverberate across the country. And frankly, it’s no joke, anywhere in the world.

Although 46 candidates were entered on the ballot as potential replacements, the race for weeks was essentially billed as a face-to-face between Newsom and Tory talk show host Larry Elder, the lead contender. republican.

Elder walks Newsom opponents with 38% likely voter support, UC Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies poll, co-sponsored by Los Angeles Times
– a double-digit lead over Democratic candidate and YouTube star Kevin Paffrath, who collected 10%.

“I think I energized the state, I energized the party. … That’s why they bring this heavy load, ”Elder said, referring to the National Democratic surrogates who campaigned for Newsom.

Democrats have regularly compared Elder to former President Trump, and said his rise would undermine the state’s progressive values ​​and jeopardize efforts to tackle climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic. Elder said he would repeal Newsom administration mandates for students to wear masks in public schools and immunization requirements for healthcare workers and state employees.

“We may have defeated Donald Trump, but we have not defeated Trumpism,” Newsom said at Monday’s rally. “Trumpism is still on the ballot in California, and that’s why it’s so important, not just to all of us here – 40 million strong Americans in the nation’s largest, most populous state – but also to send a declaration, all over the United States of America, that Trumpism has no place here, and Trumpism will be defeated all over the United States of America, because we are better than that.

Republicans, however, have long opposed Newsom’s handling of the pandemic and his use of executive powers. They also blamed him for attending a rally last year at the upscale French Laundry restaurant in Napa Valley.

Newsom’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 of the Californians frustrated by governor for breaking his own rules.

“Gavin Newsom’s California includes raging wildfires, crippling drought, shattered unemployment service and soaring crime. Voters are ready for change and a new leader who will put the needs of their families before any political agenda, ”California Republican Party President Jessica Millan Patterson said in a statement in mid-August.

The question of succession will only come into play if a majority of voters decide to remove Newsom from office. The same recent Berkeley IGS / Times poll showed that 60.1% of likely voters polled oppose Newsom’s recall compared to 38.5% in favor of his ouster – the latest source of cautious optimism for Democrats after the Previous polls have shown a much tighter race.

However, it remains to be seen whether the results of the race will be known on Tuesday evening. And, if Newsom wins, some Republicans have already started to set the stage for contesting the election, despite no evidence of voter problems.

Times editors Dakota Smith and Phil Willon contributed to this report.