A newly released poll shows that Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom is in a dead heat as Californians get ready to cast their ballots in the state’s recall election next month.
“I will vote to not recall,” Jorge Duran said, according to KPIX-TV. “I think it’s unfair. It has no basis.”
Recall supporter Brian Carroll said, “I think it needs to happen.”
“Oh, totally. Get rid of him,” he added.
The poll, conducted via cellphone and online from July 30 to Aug. 1, surveyed 1,000 likely voters and had a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.
Forty-six candidates are in the race to replace Newsom, including Republican state Assemblyman Kevin Kiley, former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, businessman John Cox, conservative radio talk show host Larry Elder and former Olympian Caitlyn Jenner.
The Emerson poll found Elder in the lead among those candidates with 23 percent.
“Getting close. Forty-two days until Election Day,” Contra Costa Clerk-Recorder Debi Cooper told KPIX.
“[The ballots will] be going out on the 16th. Maybe a day or two earlier.”
Ballots will be mailed to every registered voter.
Newsom’s heavy-handed approach to the coronavirus pandemic has been listed as one of the many reasons opponents are trying to recall the Democratic governor.
“As it turns out, COVID is re-emerging,” California political strategist Darry Sragow said, according to KPIX. “And now the fact is the governor is going to have to handle it in a way that reassures these Democratic voters.”
The winner of the recall election will still have to run for re-election next year.
“How close the recall turns out to be depends on exactly one thing and only one thing,” Sragow said.
“And that is whether Democrats take the time to vote.”
The candidates will meet Wednesday for a debate at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum.
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