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CA Governor Gavin Newsom Recall Election Set For September 14th

Candidates have until mid-July to formally file for their candidacy for Governor

By Evan Symon, July 1, 2021 8:30 pm

Lt. Governor Eleni Kounalakis announced on Thursday that the Governor recall election will be held on September 14th.

An announcement on the date has been expected for weeks following final confirmation of the signatures by Secretary of State Shirley Weber and the 2021-2022 state budget being submitted for approval. The date has been the subject of controversy with Governor Newsom himself intervening by signing SB 152, which allowed the recall date to be significantly moved up. Prior to the signing, political experts had been expecting a October or November election.

“The people have spoken and the recall is happening,” said recall candidate Kevin Faulconer on Thursday in a tweet. “This movement is powered by Californians from every community – Democrats, Republicans, and Independents.”

Governor Newsom and all recall candidates will now have roughly 10 weeks to campaign. With polls currently showing Newsom more likely to beat the recall, but also showing significant vulnerabilities, campaigning is expected to accelerate for all candidates soon.

Former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, 2018 GOP Gubernatorial candidate John Cox, former Congressman Doug Ose, Reality TV star and former Olympian Caitlyn Jenner, and Santa Ana homicide detective Steven Chavez Lodge have been the main candidates to declare their candidacy for Governor as of Thursday. While some Democrats have declared candidacy, along with dozens of other Republicans, the main candidates coming in with strong support, significant campaign funds, and/or name recognition have so far come down to Faulconer, Cox, Ose, Jenner, and Lodge. A recent poll even found that Faulconer and Cox currently lead the recall effort should Newsom be recalled.

Democrats, led by Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), have refused to name a major candidate or allow a Democrat with significant recognition to run in favor of supporting Newsom.

As candidates have 59 days until the election, all candidates must file in two weeks time to be on the ballot in time. Many Republicans have either hinted at running or have been speculated on making a run for the last several months. Former Ambassador Ric Grennel, former State Senator John Moorlach, and talk show host Larry Elder have been among the top names, with many other lawmakers, lawyers, and celebrities also being talked about for a GOP run. Democrats have, under the “unity behind Newsom” order, largely not been speculated on, although one major Democrat being included as a “safety” candidate may be added before the candidacy deadline.

10 weeks until the election

“I think the date came as bit of a surprise to everyone,” Harry Schultz, a former lobbyist who was involved with candidates in the 2003 recall election, told the Globe on Thursday. “But, regardless of all the political finagling there, we now have a firm date.”

Governor Gavin Newsom (Photo: Gage Skidmore)

Schultz continued: “Now we have two weeks of all sorts of people announcing their candidacy, followed by eight weeks of campaigning. With COVID now largely down, we’re going to see those huge crowds again, especially for the more well-known candidates.”

“Newsom will have to not make any big mistakes for ten weeks, and all the candidates jockeying for a win need to figure out how to both get people to vote against Newsom as well as convince others they are better suited for the job.”

“They have Newsom’s COVID-19 record, as well as everything he did beforehand, so the goal is to weaken him with that. Very basically of course, I could spend all day explaining strategies. Newsom, on his part, needs to highlight the good that his policies have done and needs to emphasize the recent things, such as those $600 stimulus checks and utility relief.”

“But, as I said, the date is now in and everyone knows where the finish line is. Now, well, it’s a matter of if Newsom can win his race and stay in power, and if that fails, who wins the other one.”

“Get ready for a hectic 10 weeks and the international media descending on California once again. Midterms are next year, and the results of the recall should show where people are leaning. If Newsom loses or even barely wins out, it could spell trouble for Democrats next year. But if they do well, Dems suddenly have a template post-COVID election playbook to use.”

“Eyes will be on California. Specifically SoCal. Dems have the Bay Area locked up, with Republicans commanding largely rural Eastern and far Northern California not by the coast. LA County is always the biggest factors in these, but Orange County and San Diego County will also play a huge part, as they are like LA County and have big mixes of Democrats and Republicans right now.”

More details of the September 14th election, which is expected to cost at least $215 million, are to be unveiled soon.

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20 thoughts on “CA Governor Gavin Newsom Recall Election Set For September 14th

  1. Will Gavin’s emergency use powers be handed to the new Governor so they can single handedly “undo” his damage?

  2. No chance that this draconian tyrant will be recalled. This action was brought by the people with no visible support from the California Rino Party. The most abysmal bunch of candidates has been offered as alternatives, with the possible exception of Major Williams, who just does not have enough time or money to make a difference. Beware of john cox who is a former chicago democrat turned rino and may be in the race only to dilute the conservative vote.

    1. I, unfortunately, agree with you on this & the fact that the corruption allowed in this state is record-breaking. When 155% of voting-age adults eligible in LA County can get away with their numbers being counted & ballot harvesting by the Dems is always in overtime.

      1. One thing is for sure, if the recall is not successful we will be in lock down mode for the next
        two years! Mask up, social distance, blah blah blah! California will never recover and this jackass
        will be running for president. Stop Newsom now!!!!!

  3. It seems obvious to me that with a reasonably clean election Newsom will be recalled. How could he not? How could the situation we’re in which was caused by one arrogant megalomaniac be worse? Election Integrity Project California (and others) have documented all the outrageous problems with the voter rolls and the other well-known sketchy stuff that still exists and sent those off to the S.O.S. Seems to me that serves as a last-chance warning. We’ll be watching. Any funny business and there will be hell to pay.

  4. Deplorables
    Time to trot out goodies to those left in the besieged suburbs….read your little red MAO books faithfully too….

    1. “Conform to the enemy’s tactics until a favorable opportunity offers; then come forth and engage in a battle that shall prove decisive.”
      “the opportunity of defeating the enemy is provided by the enemy himself.”
      ― Sun Tzu, The Art of War

    2. “Excessive rewards are a sign of desperation. Excessive punishments are a sign of exhaustion.”
      ― Sun Tzu, The Art of War

  5. I won’t be voting for that commie tyrant Gruesom. I just hope that a true Republican patriot comes forward and not these paid for RINOs like Cox, who only want to ensure libtard victory by diluting the Repub vote. Larry Elder would be a good choice. All the rest are libtards in sheeps clothing. Don’t think for one second that this will in anyway be a fair and honest election. The corrupt commie crapbags in Sac have already manipulated the rules twice and the date was changed for no reason just because they could. Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Example: Pelosi/Newsom

    1. You’ll be happy to know, if you haven’t heard already, that Larry Elder is thinking about entering the race. Also it appears Kevin Kiley is seriously considering a run. Stay tuned, we’ll know soon.

      1. Showandtell, although I like Larry Elder, my preference is Kevin Kiley at this point. He is someone who has been leading from the front, confronting Newsom’s unconstitutional edicts while refusing to take money from special interest groups. He is young, energetic, a native Californian, and someone who could rebuild the Republican Party in California – he has the “look” of a leader. I would liken him to Christy Noem of South Dakota. I would also encourage Donald Trump to endorse him – who CARES how the Democrats would portray this support from Trump.

  6. Let’s Go Fellow Californians!
    Game Time! Never let people forget what Newsom and his super majority have done to this state.
    50% of small business in this state will NEVER return.
    The Homeless population has increased significantly!
    Murder rates through the roof.
    No schooling for a majority of special ed children!
    While we were masked and locked down he was sharing wine and high end meals with lobbyists. Rules for thee not for me!
    He made backroom deals with CCP BYD.

    Never Forget and remind your friends and family!

    1. Cali Girl, it looks like Ric Grenell is also ready to support Kevin:

      Richard Grenell @RichardGrenell
      Mar 26
      If you aren’t following Kevin Kiley then you are missing a daily dose of leadership.

      1. Yes, I am!
        Kevin Kiley would have my vote in a heartbeat!
        He also wrote a book on Newsom’s lack of leadership.
        Glad to hear Ric Grenell will get behind Mr. Kiley

  7. It’s about time! Hopefully, we get a strong fighter like Kiley in the lead to take the reigns. I have two words for anyone getting soft on the recall – GAS TAX.

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