Election 2020 Politics

GOP could be left red-faced after California recall

It’s not clear that even a resounding win by Newsom would elevate him in a similar way, nor would it necessarily be a setback on a specific issue in the way that the Walker recall was a setback for unions. (Indeed, Republicans have never really enunciated a specific and consistent reason for recalling Newsom, who is and has been pretty popular throughout the process.) But it would certainly reflect upon the GOP’s strategic know-how in the sense that it proactively put this on the ballot and, even considering it’s a tough state, might come up well short.

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