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It is expected to pass at least 60 days before the day the election is officially certified, but no more than 80 days, with many predicting a mid-September vote on Newsom’s future.
A recall in the country’s most populous state would become a marquee contest with national implications, closely watched as a barometer of public mood ahead of the 2022 election, when a tightly divided Congress will be in. new in game.
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While the final date has remained uncertain, the campaign has been underway for months, after it became clear that the organizers of the recall had gathered more than enough of the 1.5 million petition signatures required to place the recall. on the ballot.
Many voters have yet to pay attention to the looming election, while polls have shown Newsom will push back efforts to impeach him. Republicans haven’t won a statewide race in heavily Democratic California since 2006.
Elder’s entry into the race would give the Republican pitch a touch of celebrity sparkle and a name on the ticket known through his nationwide radio show and appearances on Fox News.
Other Republicans who have said they will run include Kevin Faulconer, former Republican mayor of San Diego, Republican businessman John Cox, who was defeated by Newsom in 2018, former US Rep. Doug Ose and reality TV personality and former Olympian Caitlyn Jenner.
Elder, 69, released a brief statement Wednesday night saying he was seriously considering entering the race and would announce his decision early next week.
In a recall election, voters would be asked two questions: first, should Newsom be removed, yes or no? The second question would be a list of replacement candidates to choose from, if a majority of voters vote to remove Newsom.
Tom Del Beccaro, former leader of the state Republican Party who chairs Rescue California, one of the groups promoting the recall, said Elder would help build support for the first critical issue in his home area of Los Angeles. , the most populous in the state. .
“Statewide races in California are often won or lost in LA County,” said Del Beccaro, who is not aligned with any candidate. Elder “is going to bring in a constituency that will help us get a ‘yes’ on question # 1.”
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Steve Frank, a longtime Conservative activist who is Elder’s spokesperson, said his entry into the race would become “a major change.” People from all political walks “know him and many listen to his show”.
Elder would also bring more diversity to the Republican ranks – he’s black.
Claremont McKenna College political scientist Jack Pitney said Elder’s entry into the race would be a setback for Cox, because “Elder would appeal to the die-hard Republican and Conservative base that would have been Cox’s base.” Faulconer is considered a moderate GOP.
Pitney doubted the Elder’s race played a significant role, with the black vote generally being strongly Democratic. Elder “has a reputation for being a provocative conservative, not a champion of African American interests,” Pitney said.
Meanwhile, on Thursday, the state’s finance department released its final estimate of state and county costs to hold the election: $ 276 million.
The recall push was largely driven by the fallout from state health restrictions during the coronavirus pandemic, which closed schools and thousands of businesses.
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