White House Throws Support Behind Gavin Newsom Amid Recall Attempt

White House Throws Support Behind Gavin Newsom Amid Recall Attempt

(ConservativeHub.com) – California’s embattled Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom faces a recall election on September 14. Polling numbers initially indicated Newsom would keep his job. Yet the two most recent polls — one from Emerson College/Nexstar Media and the other from UC Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies — have predicted a much tighter vote. Both surveys fell within the margin of error.

On August 12, President Joe Biden issued a powerful endorsement of Newsom. The White House previously went on the record opposing the recall effort in early February, leading some to believe Biden’s latest remarks indicate the White House will step in to support Newsom during the recall campaign’s homestretch. According to Politico, an unnamed source suggested that Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris may take an “active role” in helping Newsom. However, Press Secretary Jen Psaki indicated last week that the administration didn’t have anything planned.

In his statement, Biden praised Newsom’s leadership during the “unprecedented” COVID-19 crisis and the accompanying period of economic turmoil. The president also lauded Newsom’s role in combating the effects of climate change and his support for “the rights of women, immigrants, and the LGBTQ community.” Biden concluded his remarks by saying Californians should vote against the recall and “keep California moving forward.”

Voter turnout will likely decide the recall effort’s outcome, and polling in that area looks grim for Newsom and his supporters. An August 12 CBS/YouGov poll found that 78% of registered Republican voters said they would definitely vote in the recall election, compared to 73% of Democrats who said the same.

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