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GOP Endorsement Fights Next California Recall Rivals

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LOS ANGELES – The next test for Republican candidates hoping to oust Democratic Governor. Gavin Newsom will face a September recall election with a fight for a highly sought-after endorsement from the California Republican Party.

Already, the competition for the party’s prized imprimatur has sparked infighting and finger-pointing within state GOP. There is no clear favorite among the four candidates who qualified for the nomination. The Saturday vote follows Wednesday’s kickoff debate, which did little to change the Republican contest.

Parrying over the endorsement comes as Newsom’s once-steady hold on his job appears to be slipping. Recent polling shows a tightening race, as coronavirus cases rise, mandatory masking orders are returned in many parts of the State, and gas prices continue to rise.

Newsoms campaign has a fundraising pitch that demonstrates this urgency. The campaign is working to energize Democrats, who are either too busy or not interested in politics.

This recall is close enough to make you think about what it would be like if there was a Republican governor of California, Newsom’s campaign appeal stated. They are seeking small-dollar donations. It is true, sorry.

On Wednesday, the four candidates were able to present themselves to voters across the state through a televised debate held at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library in Orange County.

The 90-minute showdown did not feature any dramatic scenes or major gaffes from businessman John Cox or former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer or state Assemblyman Kevin Kiley. They mostly avoided turning on each other, instead railing against Newsom and the state’s progressive drift.

Melissa Michelson, Menlo College political science professor, stated that the debate was not a game-changer.

Any exposure gains for the candidates would be incremental.

Michelson stated that we now know that Ose is a rice farmer and Kiley is in the state Assembly. Michelson also said that one of them was a former San Diego mayor (Faulconer). I didn’t think, That guy blew the boat.

In the end, the match-up might end up providing material for Newsom to create critical ads aimed at left-leaning voters in the heavily Democratic state, which could feature Cox appearing to endorse eliminating the states minimum wage law, or when Faulconer didn’t give a clear answer on whether he would prohibit schools from requiring masks.

On the Sept. 14 ballot will be 46 candidates, including 24 Republicans.

Another interesting point about the debate was that Larry Elder, conservative talk radio host and former Olympian and reality television personality, was not present.

Jack Pitney, Claremont McKenna College political science scientist, said that Elder not being on stage will probably limit its impact.

Although four candidates were qualified to compete for the endorsement, it will be available at a virtual meeting with delegates on Saturday.

The endorsement would be given to the winner candidate along with campaign cash and any other party resources during the final weeks of race. To be eligible for the party stamp, candidates must achieve a minimum of 60% vote share. This is a high threshold that makes it possible that no one will win the prize.

Some party members fear that the looming endorsement scrum could decrease turnout among voters who are snubbed, and distract from the ultimate goal of removing Newsom. Cox, a conservative, has accused party insiders to trying to steer Faulconer’s endorsement. He declined to participate.

Jessica Millan Patterson, party chairwoman, advocated earlier for an endorsement. But now she wants delegates making the call.

Another development was Thursday’s finalization by a Sacramento judge of a ruling that will allow Newsom, to label the recall as a Republican driven effort in the state official voter guide. Democrats sought to link the recall effort with far-right extremists, and supporters of former President Donald Trump.

Superior Court Judge Laurie M. Earl dismissed a lawsuit by recall organizers, who objected at the use such terms in the informational booklet, which is distributed among voters.

Cox, on the other hand, proposed a major tax cut that would yield $30 billion annually to small businesses and families. It is anchored to a 25% decrease in income taxes.

The race is unfolding in an increasingly short time frame. Mail-in ballots start going out to the state’s 22 million voters in less than two weeks.

The election is being monitored nationally to gauge public mood in the lead up to the 2022 elections. A closely divided Congress will again be in action. Newsom warned that a Republican upset in the heavily Democratic State would be a shocking rebuke.

The recall was prompted by widespread frustration over the pandemic of whipsaw stay-at home orders, crushing job losses due to business closings and long-running school closings that combined disrupted millions’ lives.

Two questions will be asked of voters during the election: First, is Newsom to be removed, yes/no? The second question will include a list of possible replacement candidates. If Newsoms removal is supported by the majority of voters, the candidate receiving the most votes at the second question becomes governor.

Pitney pointed out that Newsom has lost a lot of the optimism that was present when the virus resurgent began to retreat earlier in the year. Pitney said that wildfires and power blackouts are also risks to Newsom.

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