California Governor Gavin Newsom skillfully turned down Republicans’ recall attempt.
He changed the stakes of this contest to one that was a referendum on his actions, and instead became a partisan battle against Trumpism.
However, Tuesday’s recall provided lessons. It demonstrated that Republicans’ baseless claims of voter fraud won’t go away any time soon.
Republicans claimed that the election had been “rigged” even as the ballots were still being voted.
But the recall has always been an opportunity in a state where the number of registered Democrats nearly surpasses 2-1 in the number of registered Republicans and where the GOP has not won a national election since 2006.