Polls have opened in California’s second-ever recall election, one that could determine the political fate of current Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom.
California voters will face two questions on Tuesday: 1.) Do you think Newsom should be recalled? Who should replace Newsom if he is recall? If Newsom is recalled by more than half of Californians, the person who gets the most votes in the second question will be elected California’s next governor.
Heading into Tuesday’s vote, polling shows that a majority of Californians believe that Newsom should keep his job. In addition, early voting and mail-in voting numbers — votes which tend to lean Democrat — appear to be higher than expected.
However, Thad Kousser, a political science professor at UC-San Diego, told Scripps station KGTV in San Diego that Republicans could still possibly pull ahead.
“What we saw in the 2020 election is that Republicans in California now prefer to cast their ballots in person,” Kousser said. “So, these vote centers have been open over the weekend and throughout election day. I believe we’ll see next generation of voters come in more Republican.
Newsom rallied support on Monday night. President Joe Biden joined Newsom and gave a speech. According to The Sacramento Bee, Biden warned supporters that Larry Elder, the conservative talk show host that polls show has the best chance to replace Newsom in the event of a recall, is a “Trump clone.”
“I’m going simplify this as much as I can. You either keep Gavin Newsom in your governorship, or you get Donald Trump. According to the Bee it’s not a joke.” Biden stated. Gavin is a governor who shares state values. Gavin is a governor who will make sure Donald Trump’s divisive, dark, destructive politics do not find a home in California.
According to NBC News, Elder has already taken a page out of Trump’s playbook and has been stoking fears of widespread voter fraud before polls even close. Elder posted a form on his website, asking for supporters to submit any suspected instances of voter corruption.
According to The New York Times polls in California will close on August 8th at 8 PM PT. Due to the high number of mail-in votes, it is not known when results will be published.