by Frank Holmes, reporter
If you wanted to run for president of the United States—and Gavin Newsom does—being governor of California is usually one of the best stepping stones.
It’s the largest state in the country. It has beaches, mountains, and Hollywood studios. It has swimming pools, movie stars, and ski resorts. If it were an independent country, its economy would rank fourth-largest in the world.
Unfortunately, its governor ranks 50th… and the people in the Golden State have had enough.
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A new poll shows major trouble for the governor: A majority of his voters want to throw him out on his ear.
Newsom is facing a recall vote…and that’s not even the worst of his trouble. Even if he wins the recall, voters say they want him gone in a year.
A majority of Californians say they’re kicking Gavin Newsom to the curb in 2022, even if he squeaks out the state recall election. The poll found that 58 percent of voters want Newsom removed from office no later than a year and a half from now. Only 42 percent want Newsom to stay in the governor’s mansion beyond 2022.
And the bad news keeps coming: 52 percent of Californians disapprove of the job Gavin Newsom has done on COVID-19. Of course, the fact that he ignored his own lockdown orders to catch a gourmet meal with lobbyists inside a five-star French restaurant may have something to do with that.
More than three out of four California voters Gavin Newsom has done a “poor” or “fair” job of handling homelessness, which is out of control statewide. California has the largest number of homeless people by large—thanks to Democratic laws that make urinating on the sidewalk, sleeping on the playground, and shoplifting from any store in the state something you no longer go to jail for.
Majorities of Californians hate the way Gavin Newsom dealt with the state’s wildfires (58 percent), and the drought that has made it hard to keep yards alive (62 percent), and disapprove or are undecided about Newsom’s performance in Sacramento overall (52 percent).
But it’s not too clear that Newsom will have to worry about what people think of him in 2022: California voters may show him the door this fall.
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The polls show the office is slipping away from him.
The last time they asked voters about the recall vote, a healthy percentage of people opposed turning Newsom out of office. That poll showed 13% more people opposing the recall than supporting it.
Today, it’s down to five percent—and falling. “The governor could be in serious danger in 2022 if his opponent is a Democrat, independent with enough name recognition or a Republican not closely tied to former President Donald Trump and the National Republican Party,” wrote Eric Ting in SFGate, a San Francisco-based publication. “Newsom has blanketed the airwaves with ads comparing the recall to the Jan. 6 Capitol riots.”
Right now, no one candidate has a majority—but one hopeful has jumped out to an early lead: outspoken conservative commentator Larry Elder.
Elder won a lawsuit to get on the California ballot last Thursday, so his hat’s in the ring, his name’s on the ballot, and he’s taking aim at the incumbent Democrat. “The target is Newsom,” Elder said.
“This man has presided over the most severe coronavirus lockdown in all 50 states,” Elder said. “People lost their jobs, people lost their livelihoods. Meanwhile, his own private business kept open and his own kids remained in in-person private schools.”
“When someone has become so outrageous, sometimes something has to be done,” Elder said.
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He hopes he’ll come out ahead on the special election on September 14—but he’s got company. Lots of it. Already, the ballot will have “24 Republicans, nine Democrats, 10 independents, two Green Party members and one Libertarian,” according to ABC News.
But right now, Elder has more than twice as many supporters as any other candidate.
He’s up to 16 percent in the polls. The next closest candidates—San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer and John Cox—have six percent.
What about the candidate who got out front of the recall, former Olympic gold medalist Bruce/Caitlin Jenner? Only four percent of Californians hope Jenner finishes first in this race.
It’s so early in the election that most Californian voters aren’t paying attention yet, so they may throw their support behind somebody else between now and the recall election.
But all of this spells trouble for Newsom, who thought he had a future in the White House. Now, he may have a future in the unemployment line, starting in September.
Frank Holmes is a veteran journalist and an outspoken conservative that talks about the news that was in his weekly article, “On The Holmes Front.”