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Warren Takes California Recall of Trump Republicans in Latest Newsom Ad


This isn’t the first time Warren has played a public role in the anti-recall campaign. | J. Scott Applewhite / AP Photo

OAKLAND – California Governor Gavin Newsom is enlisting Democratic national power to combat an impending recall vote by launching an ad with Senator Elizabeth Warren on Wednesday.

Three weeks before the ballot papers land in the mailboxes of the Californian voters, the commercial with Warren-Star goes over the airwaves. The Massachusetts Progressive warns that “Trump Republicans” who “attack election results and suffrage” will “come to power” in California before calling on Californians to obstruct conservatives by voting against recall.

“Vote ‘no’ to protect California and our democracy,” says Warren.

This isn’t the first time Warren has played a public role in the anti-recall campaign. She condemned it on social media and signed the Newsom campaign donation statements.

But Warren’s appearance in a homestretch spot shows both the national dimensions of the recall and the risk for Newsom that unenthusiastic Democrats won’t vote.

Republicans are much more motivated to vote in the recall election, which could help them overcome the registration and fundraising drawbacks. A new poll by the Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies / Los Angeles Times on Tuesday found the recall is practically among the most likely voters – a segment of voters who are more Republican than California’s entire Democratic electorate.

That adds to the urgency for Newsom to surrender its base and overcome the complacency of the Democrats, who are confident the recall will fail. In the new ad, Warren specifically advises voters that they will receive ballots in the mail.

Newsom immediately wired the danger in an email Wednesday to supporters, highlighting the close coordination.

“Let’s be very direct and very honest: if we don’t have the resources we need to attract our voters, we could lose this recall,” warned a donation email.

Recall ballots contain two questions: whether to recall Newsom and who to replace it with. If a majority votes to keep Newsom on the first question, the results of the second will be debatable.

The Berkeley / Los Angeles Times poll found that conservative talk show host Larry Elder leads the field of replacement candidates with 18 percent support, followed by former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer and 2018 governor’s nominee John Cox, respectively Have 10 percent.

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