Gov Recall Election Set for September 14
July 1, 2021
On Thursday the State of California
scheduled a Sept. 14 recall election
that threatens to drive Democratic Gov.
Gavin Newsom from office, the result
of a political uprising driven by widespread
angst over coronavirus orders
that shuttered schools and businesses.
The election in the nation's most
populous state will be a marquee contest
with national implications, watched
closely as a barometer of the public
mood heading toward the 2022 elections,
when a closely divided Congress
again will be in play.
The date was set by the state's lieutenant
governor after election officials
certified that enough valid petition signatures
had been turned in to qualify
the election for the ballot.
Many voters have yet to pay attention
to the emerging election, while
polls have shown Newsom would beat
back the effort to remove him. Republicans
haven't won a statewide race
in heavily Democratic California since
Republican candidates have depicted
Newsom as an incompetent fop,
while Democrats have sought to frame
the recall as driven by far-right extremists
and supporters of former President