How Do Democrats Handle a Problem Like Gavin Newsom?

California Governor Gavin Newsom speaks during a visit by U.S. First Lady Jill Biden at The Forty Acres, the first headquarters of the United Farm Workers labor union, in Delano, Calif., March 31, 2021. (Mandel Ngan/Pool via Reuters)
They know that their biggest challenge in winning California’s recall election in September is the governor himself.

Democrats realize their biggest challenge in winning California’s September 14 recall election is Governor Gavin Newsom himself.

The latest Emerson College survey shows the recall failing among likely voters by only 46 percent to 48 percent. Even one out of ten who oppose the recall say it’s time for “someone new” in the governor’s office, so if he does survive the recall, his reelection chances in 2022 could be dicey.

A recent Public Opinion Strategies poll found that 57 percent of voters give Newsom a D or an F on homelessness, and 49 percent give him the same low grades on controlling

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