On Election Day, California voters will decide whether to recall Gov. Gavin Newsom from office. The governor’s approval rating has been steadily declining as he enters the third year of his term in office and now trails behind President Trump by a single point according to a recent poll. As Election Day approaches, here are 11 things you need to know about the California recall election:
– Approval ratings have fallen since Gov. Newsom entered office
– It’s not just one issue that is fueling discontent with Gov.- it’s many issues including homelessness, poverty and health care costs
– The recall election has attracted national attention and endorsements from high profile celebrities and politicians
– California voters will also be deciding on the replacement if Gov. Newsom is recalled
– Here’s a list of all the candidates in the California recall election: https://www.foxnews.com/politics/california-governor-recall-election
1. Approval ratings have fallen since Gavin Newsom entered office
The LA Times reports that “Gavin Newsom’s favorability rating has plummeted over the last year, with more people viewing his job performance unfavorably than favorably by a margin of 50 to 43 percent.” It wasn’t always this way for Governor Gavin Newsom – at one point he was seen as a rising star in the Democratic Party and had been “viewed favorably by 49 percent of adults” when he left his job as mayor of San Francisco to run for governor. Now that number has dropped to just 43 percent with voters viewing him more unfavorably than they did a year ago.
2. It’s not just one issue fueling discontent with Gov.- it’s many issues including homelessness, poverty and health care costs
As California struggles with a growing deadly homeless population , high housing prices and poverty rates , an opioid epidemic , out-of-control wildfires and infrastructure ills, Californians are pushing back against Gov. Newsom’s failed leadership . [Also read: Homelessness crisis fuels push for California recall election ]. In addition, Californians have also been frustrated by the Governor’s failed health care policies that have seen premiums and insurance costs rise for middle-class Californians.
3. The recall election has attracted national attention and endorsements from high profile celebrities and politicians
National political leaders such as President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) , and Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) are among those who have endorsed Republican candidate John H. Cox for governor . A former Illinois politician and businessman, Cox is a strong supporter of President Trump’s agenda to make California great again. He is running against another fellow businessman, Democrat Antonio Villaraigosa , a former mayor of Los Angeles . Other Democrats in the race include State Treasurer John Chiang , former education Superintendent Delaine Eastin and Assemblyman Travis Allen .
4. California voters will also be deciding on the replacement if Gov. Newsom is recalled
If Newsom is successfully recalled from office, a majority of Californians would like to see a special election called to choose his successor supported by 51 percent of voters where Republicans dominated last year’s elections. “A recall election could end up being a referendum on the seat itself,” said Tiffany Muller with Every Voice- a national political action group dedicated to increasing turnout for underrepresented communities who seek public office.
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