As the California recall election gets closer and closer Gavin Newsom continues to get bad news as polls and surveys reveal he may not be in a position to handily win. While Newsom is a comfortable position because California is mainly comprised of Democrats and no major Democrats are running against him, it seems some Republican contenders have been making waves in the Golden State.
Recent polls show that voters aren’t happy with Newsom because the gap between those supporting ousting him from office versus keeping him continues to shrink.
Fox News reports:
Forty-seven percent of likely California voters questioned in a UC Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies/Los Angeles Times survey released on Tuesday said they supported recalling Newsom, with 50% opposed.
Mark DiCamillo, director of the Berkeley IGS Poll, said he believes Republicans are more likely to turn out to vote in massive numbers in part because there are no major Democrats running against Newsom as because of general interest in the recall election.
DiCamillo added that “there’s greater complacency among Democratic voters. Nearly all of them think Newsom is going to survive this, and I think that’s holding back some of their voters from thinking it’s important to vote. Republicans are much more confident that they think they can turn the governor from office.”
The poll indicates that conservative talk radio host Larry Elder, who won a court battle last week to appear on the ballot, is the current frontrunner among the nearly four dozen candidates running to replace Newsom, should he be recalled.
Elder stood at 18% support in the survey, with businessman and 2018 GOP gubernatorial nominee John Cox and former two-term Republican Mayor Kevin Faulconer of San Diego each at 10% support.
Republican candidate Caitlyn Jenner trails behind the other candidates in fourth place.