Republicans say Dems claiming Newsom’s victory is ‘shameful’; Effect on other races unclear
The morning after California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s victory in his state’s gubernatorial recall election, top National Democratic Party leaders were shedding light on the victory and suggesting that it should go to polls later this year and in the mid-term 2022. How can change
“We’re very excited about California and it’s not because we thought we’d lose it. It’s because the margins are better than expected and it shows that the Republican message in swing districts is failing miserably, Representative Sean Patrick Maloney of New York, chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, told reporters on Wednesday.
No Have It – Newsom avoids California recall election
Pointing to Newsom’s big win, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, president of the Democratic Governors Association of New Mexico, said she “looks forward to the same effort at every level of ballot box across America as we enter the midterms.” “
According to the latest unofficial results from election officials, nearly 64% of Californians did not vote to oppose Newsom’s removal in Tuesday’s recall election, with only 36% voting to oust the first-time Democratic governor. Newsom’s margin beat expectations, topping the final opinion polls going into the election, which suggested the governor would survive by a very small double-digit margin.
Newsom, who was heavily elected governor in 2018 in the heavily blue state, is facing a recall drive last year primarily over allegations he mishandled his state’s response to the coronavirus, a It was the worst pandemic to strike the world in a century. The effort was fueled by frustration over the state’s COVID restrictions on businesses and houses of worship, school closures, as well as protests over the state’s higher taxes.
Newsom and his political team and allies attempted to nationalize the recall drive over the summer by marking the Republican “power grab.” And they turned to well-known and influential Democrats and progressives — including President Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, a former U.S. senator and state attorney general in California, former President Obama, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts. Huh. – To help inform and inspire California Democrats to vote.
Over the past two months, Newsom has shed light on the pandemic to inform Californians of his efforts to vaccinate and warn of morbid consequences if a conservative Republican converts him to state-run and state vaccines and masked mandates. quickly ended. He repeatedly called the election “a choice about life and death”. And he targeted conservative talk radio host Larry Elder, who was at the forefront of 46 replacement candidates on the ballot. Elder, who other major GOP contenders opposed to the mandate, has been regularly compared to former President Trump.
“We said yes to science. We said yes to vaccines. We said yes to end this pandemic,” the governor asserted on Tuesday night.
The big question going forward is whether Newsom’s resounding victory — in a state where Democrats outnumber Republicans by a two-to-one margin — will translate into a more competitive electoral battlefield.
“I have no doubt that we will see similar successful efforts in Virginia and New Jersey,” predicted Lujan Grisham, the only two states to hold gubernatorial elections this November.
And Maloney argued that “Orange County has four seats that we’re going to win (in the mid-2022) and last night I think you saw the people of Orange County and the people of California taking the Republican brand more broadly.” rejected.”
“You couldn’t have had a better mouthpiece for the Trump brand in that election than Larry Elder,” the DCCC president alleged. “And he kicked his ass and I think that should send a chill down Kevin McCarthy’s spine…. We’re so excited about California and it’s not because we thought we’d lose it. That’s because because the margins are better than expected and it shows that the Republican message in swing districts is failing miserably.”
When asked about comments from top Democrats, veteran Republican strategist Colin Reid said, “Democrats excited about recalling California are like the dream team of 1992 bragging about defeating Cuba. Shouldn’t be too close. The fact is it wasn’t just a sham. That political gravity kicked in.”
Michael McAdams, communications director for the National Republican Congressional Committee, alleged that “Democrats celebrating a statewide victory in California – which voted Joe Biden by 29 points – is shameful and shows how dire the electoral climate is for their weak candidates.” Is.”
And Jesse Hunt, communications director for the Republican Governors Association, argued that “it doesn’t bode well for Democrats in 2022 if millions of dollars are burned on recalling them to the most liberal state in America. Clearly Democrat governors are not helping their constituents recover.” Struggling to help. The pandemic and the turmoil it has caused. Weak and ineffective leadership is not a strong selling point for his re-election campaigns.”
Republicans in Congress and GOP governors across the country lashed out at the president after he announced making vaccines mandatory for 100 million American workers last week in an effort to stem a surge in COVID cases this summer due to the spread of the highly infectious Delta. has been pushed. type.
But Grisham predicted that the upcoming election “is going to be a referendum on the pandemic.”
And she claimed that “what we saw in California last night was an incredibly shining example of Americans completely rejecting the incredibly dangerous, negative, unfair, unhelpful lies, and wanting to not only return to normalcy but They want progressive policies in their states and they want governors who are up against not only this bullshit, but the real harm and fear that Republicans continue to promote across the country.”
Maloney agreed, alleging that “California voters really rejected the Republican view that we don’t need to do more to end the pandemic. I think that’s one of California’s big takeaways.” Is.”
Reid, a veteran of several GOP presidential and Senate campaigns, said Republicans are running elections later this year “in swing and competitive parts of the country” and need to strike a balance next year.
“What they need to do is portray themselves as pro-vaccine but anti-mandate,” he insisted. “Vaccines were developed and brought to market under a Republican administration. There’s no reason the Republican Party needs to shy away from it. It’s okay to be anti-mandate but being anti-vaccine overall is the challenges out of the blue.” and in the middle parts of the country.”