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Politics Reemerging Trump mulls role in bid to recall Gavin Newsom

20:34  17 february  2021
20:34  17 february  2021 Source:   washingtonexaminer.com

Gavin Newsom Recall Chances Rise as 1.5 Million Petition Signatures Reached—Bookmakers

  Gavin Newsom Recall Chances Rise as 1.5 Million Petition Signatures Reached—Bookmakers Betfair has said the chances of the California Governor being recalled stand at 2-1. A week ago, before the campaign hit its target, the odds were at 5-1. William Hill placed the odds at 5-2 for Newsom getting recalled. In terms of who will win California Governor election in 2022 if the recall isn't successful, Betfair does not rank Newsom as favorite. Chamath Palihapitiya is ranked as favorite at 5-4, followed by Newsom at 6-4. Dakota Vaughn follows at 10-1, then Daniel Mercuri at 12-1, Errol Webber at 16-1 and Major Williams at 16-1.

Former President Donald Trump is considering whether to add his voice to the bid to recall Democratic California Gov. Gavin Newsom and could hold rallies in the state if a runoff election is triggered later this year.

Gavin Newsom wearing a suit and tie © Provided by Washington Examiner

Trump is eyeing the race from his post-presidency perch in South Florida. The former president has remained largely out of sight since leaving the White House on Inauguration Day last month, breaking his relative silence only a few times — including his scathing Tuesday statement about Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell that has set off a GOP civil war.

Newsom recall effort moves closer toward making the ballot with 1.1 million signatures

  Newsom recall effort moves closer toward making the ballot with 1.1 million signatures Almost 1.1 million signatures have been submitted in support of a recall election against Gov. Gavin Newsom, state elections officials reported Friday, not yet enough to trigger a campaign to oust him from office.The tally released by Secretary of State Shirley Weber shows that 1,094,457 signatures had been turned in as of Feb. 5, with 668,202 confirmed as valid. The majority of signatures that remained — more than 296,000 — had not yet been reviewed by elections officials in California's 58 counties, making it difficult to fully assess the likelihood of a special statewide election later this year. An additional 130,108 signatures were deemed invalid during the review process.

Trumpworld is not ruling out the former president stepping into the recall effort. Jason Miller, a top adviser to the former president, told the Washington Examiner that Trump is not currently tracking activity in the race — but that could change.

Trump might even bring his raucous political rallies back for the first time since leaving office, igniting what multiple polls show are his still-staunch supporters ahead of the 2022 midterm elections in a move demonstrating the considerable political power he still wields as the GOP tries charting a path forward.

"He is weighing holding rallies in California over the next couple of months," according to a Bloomberg reporter.

Organizers of the "Recall Newsom 2020" movement must meet a 1.5 million-signature threshold by mid-March to trigger a special statewide election challenging Newsom, whom the Right has roasted for his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. The recall measure would head to voters between 60 and 80 days later.

California's Gavin Newsom Deflects Recall Question, 'Focused on Vaccines' and Stimulus

  California's Gavin Newsom Deflects Recall Question, 'Focused on Vaccines' and Stimulus Organizers of the recall effort need to submit almost 1.5 million valid signatures by March 17 to succeed.Newsom, a Democrat, may be facing a recall as organizers of the effort say they've collected 1.7 million signatures. However, under California law they need 1,495,709 valid signatures by March 17 to force a new election. Some signatures will be rejected.

While potential candidates face an uphill fight in the deep-blue state, they gained momentum after photographs appeared of Newsom mask-less during a birthday dinner at an upscale Napa Valley restaurant, breaching his own coronavirus restrictions. (The governor later publicly apologized and said the dinner was a mistake.)

Republicans Kevin Faulconer, a former San Diego mayor, and John Cox, who lost to Newsom in the 2018 governor's race, have already announced their candidacies, with close Trump ally Richard Grenell reportedly weighing a potential run.

The Republican National Committee last week committed $250,000 to the recall effort, joining the state GOP's spending to try ousting the Democratic state executive.

Biden beat Trump in California by a nearly 30 percentage point margin in the 2020 general election, but Newsom's popularity has fallen drastically since last year, in large part stemming from his handling of the pandemic.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom on reopening schools, 'We can do this now'

  California Gov. Gavin Newsom on reopening schools, 'We can do this now' Newsom committed to putting aside 10% of vaccinations for teachers and school staff on Friday, but did not say he believed it should be mandatory for teachers to get both vaccine doses to return to school, calling it simply, "optimal.” Former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer and businessman John Cox vowed to challenge Newsom if the recall effort makes the ballot. Both men have made reopening schools a central part of their current campaign against him.

A recent Berkeley IGS poll shows Newsom's approval rating declining sharply since September. That number is now underwater.

On Tuesday, a group of 11 GOP lawmakers issued a letter criticizing Newsom's leadership amid the "failures" of the state's coronavirus vaccination rollout.

The White House has said it opposes the recall bid, with press secretary Jen Psaki stating in a tweet that President Biden "clearly opposes any effort to recall" Newsom.

But in a possible bellwether for Republicans late last year, the GOP regained three Southern California House seats they had lost in the 2018 midterm elections.

Meanwhile, Trump raised tens of millions of dollars from his supporters following the Nov. 3 election, money that can't be used on a future campaign of his own but which he can use to boost other candidates.

Trump's attack on the Republican Party's other top leader, McConnell, blamed the Senate GOP leader for election losses, with the former president vowing to back primary challengers to GOP incumbents who side with McConnell.

Republican voters have said they want Trump to remain a major GOP figure, with 59% of respondents to a new Morning Consult/Politico poll stating that they want him to play a significant role. This is an increase of 9 percentage points since Jan. 25, before Trump was acquitted on a charge of incitement of insurrection, and an increase of 18 percentage points from a poll conducted on Jan. 7, one day after pro-Trump supporters attacked the U.S. Capitol in a deadly riot.

California governor extends all-mail voting through a potential recall

  California governor extends all-mail voting through a potential recall California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) on Friday signed legislation that could dramatically upend an effort to recall him from office that is gaining steam ahead of a March deadline.Newsom signed a bill that will require county elections officials to mail absentee ballots to every registered voter for elections held in 2021, extending an emergency order covering last year's contests, made in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.The bill passed theNewsom signed a bill that will require county elections officials to mail absentee ballots to every registered voter for elections held in 2021, extending an emergency order covering last year's contests, made in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

A potential runoff could be an early test of Trump's ability to wield this support while reuniting with the party establishment.

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