The final weekend of Recall brings extra campaigns

California Governor Gavin Newsom’s Democratic allies continued to express their confidence in his chances of fighting back a recall on Saturday, but warned his supporters not to let up in pushing people to vote if they seek a decisive victory, while Republicans said the competition is far from over.

“We don’t just have 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, president of SEIU Local 2015, as she gathered union members who were among Newsom’s biggest supporters.

Newsom joined the Oakland rally as its Republican rivals took their cases across the state and both major parties dispatched volunteers to knock on doors and urge their supporters to vote. The race ends on Tuesday, and more than a third of voters have already cast their ballots or personally voted ahead of time. Former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, one of the GOP candidates, voted in his hometown on Saturday morning.

A recent poll by the Public Policy Institute of California shows that Newsom is likely to survive and that the Democrats do better in the early polls. However, the GOP expects a greater turnout on election day, as many Republicans are skeptical of a postal vote.

“Anyone who is counting the recall at this point has no real contact with what is actually going on with this movement,” said Republican MP Kevin Kiley, who is running to oust Newsom and favored by some of the recall’s original supporters will.

The ballot included two questions: Should Newsom be removed from office, and if so, who should replace him? If the majority of voters want him gone, he will be replaced by whoever gets the most votes out of the 46 candidates on the replacement ballot.

Beyond the election campaign, several candidates celebrated the 20th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks. Republican front runner Larry Elder attended the 9/11 memorial services and lunch with homeless and disabled veterans, and John Cox and Kiley also attended anniversary events. Before his campaign freeze, Newsom visited the Wall of Heroes Memorial at the California National Guard headquarters.

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

Newsom called the numbers encouraging, attributing them to more Democrats becoming aware of the callback when it ends. Even so, 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 held onto his final message that the race could have far-reaching consequences beyond California, calling it an “oversized consequence” competition. He and other Democrats have compared it to former President Donald Trump’s refusal to accept the 2020 presidential election results, accusing Republicans of prosecuting a recall for failing to win a normal election. Californians haven’t elected a Republican in the state since 2006.

“The recall is about catching you sleeping,” he said. “This recall is about getting us into an off-year, an off-month, while no one else is paying attention.”

The recall made the vote through a process in the California Constitution for more than a century. Originally, the recall was likely to take place sometime in October or November, but the Democrats in the state Legislature are speeding up the process to allow for an earlier election.

Republicans angry about Newsom’s immigration, crime and a host of other issues sparked the recall, which began, however, during the coronavirus pandemic. The organizers received more than 1.7 million signatures to put them on the ballot. That is less than a tenth of registered voters.

“Gavin Newsom let the Californians down. From rising crime to a broken unemployment department and raging forest fires, our state deserves better than this governor’s serial incompetence, ”California Republican Party leader Jessica Millan Patterson said in a statement. She was out on Saturday knocking on doors in Los Angeles County.

Meanwhile, union leaders gathered by Newsom’s side pointed to its pandemic policies as life-saving measures for home nurses and other key workers. They also applauded him for increasing vendor salaries, which was cut under former Republican Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, winner of the 2003 recall.

The Service Employees International Union donated more than $ 2.5 million to Newsom’s campaign, and the unions together are its largest donors.

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