California Gov. Gavin Newsom has skillfully fended off Republicans’ recall attempt.
By changing the stakes from a referendum on Newsom’s performance to a partisan fight over Trumpism or the coronavirus, he did this.
However, Tuesday’s recall provided its own lessons. It showed that Republicans’ groundless claims of election fraud aren’t going away anytime soon.
Even while ballots were still being cast, Republicans were claiming the election was “rigged.”
But the recall was always a long shot in a state where registered Democrats outnumber registered Republicans by nearly 2-1 and where the GOP hasn’t won a statewide election since 2006.