Amid efforts to recall Governor Gavin Newsom, the White House on Tuesday backed support for the California Democrat.
“In addition to sharing commitment on a number of issues [Gavin Newsom] from tackling the climate crisis to keeping the pandemic under control, [President Biden] clearly opposes any effort to recall [Gavin Newsom]said White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki on Twitter on Tuesday.
Psaki’s remarks come when the recall vote has become attractive, with more than 1.4 million signatures collected so far – just shy of the 1.5 million needed by March 17 to launch the mid-year recall vote.
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While California Republicans continue to add their names to the growing list of supporters, it seems unlikely that Newsom will actually be forced into office.
According to a poll released last week by the Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies, only 36 percent of the 10,000 registered voters surveyed in California said they supported efforts to drive Newsom away.
Biden’s public support for the California Democrat is a nod to the national attention that the recall attempt has garnered.
Political greats such as House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, both still broad-minded in conservative circles, supported the experiment.
Newsom faced growing backlash from Republicans because of its tough response to the coronavirus epidemic. Most recently, it put the state under stricter measures when California saw an increase in coronavirus cases in December.
The gold state accounted for the highest number of coronavirus cases in the country, and Los Angeles became the hotbed of the virus as the county where most viruses per capita and caused deaths in the country.
California has reported more than 3.3 million confirmed cases since the outbreak began, reporting nearly 44,500 deaths.
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Despite fierce Republican withdrawals, cases across the state have dropped dramatically since December, after orders to stay home accelerated and slightly more than 8,200 new cases were reported Tuesday – a significant decrease from the more than 53,700 cases reported on December 15th.
Newsom refused to speak publicly about the recall campaign and ignored Fox News’s repeated comments.