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Newsom and GOP rivals seek votes in final recall weekend

California Governor Gavin Newsom’s Democratic allies continued to express confidence in his chances of pushing back a recall on Saturday, but warned his supporters not to stop urging people to vote as they seek a decisive victory, while Republicans have said the contest is far from over. .

“We don’t need to win a little, we have to win a lot. We need to send a message: Hands off our Democracy, Hands off our California, “said April Verrett, 2015 SEIU Local President, as she rallied union members who have been among the most successful. big supporters of Newsom.

Newsom joined the Oakland rally as his Republican rivals pleaded in the state and both major parties sent volunteers knocking on doors and urging their supporters to vote. The race ends Tuesday, and more than a third of voters have already sent in their ballots or voted early in person. Former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, one of the GOP candidates, voted on Saturday morning in his hometown.

A recent poll from the Public Policy Institute of California shows Newsom should survive, and Democrats perform better in early votes. But the GOP expects more turnout on election day, given that many Republicans are skeptical of postal voting.

“Anyone who is counting the recall at this point is not really aware of what’s really going on with this move,” said Republican MP Kevin Kiley, who is running to topple Newsom and is favored by some of the early supporters of the recall. .

The ballot consists of two questions: Should Newsom be revoked and, if so, who should replace it? If a majority of voters want him to leave, he would be replaced by the one who obtains the most votes among the 46 candidates on the replacement ballot.

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

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

Newsom called the numbers encouraging and attributed them to more Democrats taking notice of the recall as it comes to an end. Still, he said he didn’t take anything for granted. He will spend the next few days campaigning in Southern California and on Monday he will be joined by Democratic President Joe Biden.

He stuck to his closing message that the race could have far-reaching consequences beyond California, calling it a contest of “disproportionate consequences.” accused Republicans of pursuing a recall because they can’t win a normal election. Californians have not elected a statewide Republican since 2006.

“The reminder is about catching yourself while you are sleeping,” he said. “This reminder is to make us go a year or a month without, while no one else is paying attention.”

The recall has been voted on through a process in the California Constitution for more than a century. Originally, the recall was slated to take place in October or November, but Democrats in the state legislature rushed the process to allow for an earlier election.

Republicans angry at Newsom’s policies on immigration, crime and a host of other issues sparked the recall campaign, but it took off during the coronavirus pandemic. Organizers got more than 1.7 million signatures to place it on the ballot. That’s less than a tenth of registered voters.

“Gavin Newsom disappointed Californians. From rising crime to a broken unemployment service and raging wildfires, our state deserves better than this governor’s serial incompetence, ”said Republican Party President Jessica Millan Patterson She was out knocking on doors in Los Angeles County on Saturday.

Meanwhile, union leaders who rallied alongside Newsom have called its pandemic policies life-saving measures for home health care and other essential workers. They also applauded him for raising supplier salaries, which were cut under former Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who won the 2003 recall.

The Service Employees International Union has donated more than $ 2.5 million to Newsom’s campaign, and unions collectively are its biggest funders.


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