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Could Latino voters make the difference in whether Newsom survives California's recall election?

Gov. Gavin Newsom delivers a speech during a rally at the Barrio Action Youth and Family Center in El Sereno, where he signed the California Comeback Plan relief bill, on July 13, 2021. Photo by Pablo Unzueta for CalMatters.

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As a political science instructor at Fresno City College, Esmeralda Soria recently asked her students if they knew that Californians will soon vote whether to throw Gov. Gavin Newsom out of office.

"The majority of my students weren't even aware that they were about to receive ballots in the mail," she said. "Some folks don't even know what a recall is."

Most of Soria's students, like most of the constituents she represents on the Fresno City Council, are Latino — a group that could help decide the outcome of the recall election.

Latinos are the largest ethnic group in California at 39% of the population, and a growing share of the electorate at about 28% of registered voters. The group has been disproportionately sickened and hurt financially by the coronavirus pandemic that upended California's political landscape and fueled the drive to recall Newsom. Democrats who want to keep Newsom in office and Republicans trying to oust him are all vying for Latinos' votes in the Sept. 14 election.

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The bigger question, however, could be how many Latinos vote at all.

So far, Soria hasn't seen either side make much of an impact in her community.

"If I'm thinking of folks in the neighborhoods that I represent, for Latinos, there's not a lot of talk about (the recall)," Soria said. "People are kind of disconnected from it."

Newsom's supporters are trying to turn around that lack of awareness and enthusiasm. The reason the recall is now polling as a close race — with 47% of the most likely voters saying they want to oust him, and 50% saying they want to keep him — boils down to the difference between who is registered to vote in California and who is likely to vote in the recall.

If Democrats turn out as they do in regular elections, Newsom will probably survive. But 2 million voters signed the petition to remove him, and they're the foundation of an energized anti-Newsom movement. Even though California is overwhelmingly a blue state with a multiracial electorate, researchers at UC Berkeley and UCLA found that conservatives and white voters are likely to dominate in the recall, while voters of color are less likely to cast ballots in the off-season election.

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"California Latinos are still reliably a predictable Democratic constituency," said Mike Madrid, a GOP political consultant with expertise in Latino voting patterns. "The challenge is: What is turnout going to be? That is really the question for Gavin Newsom at this point."

Sitting it out

Sofia Limon of Los Angeles illustrates Newsom's challenge. The 25-year-old shoe store manager is a Democrat who says she voted for Newsom in 2018. She hasn't been crazy about his job performance — he hasn't done enough on climate change or homelessness, in her opinion — but she thinks the recall is pointless.

So Limon may just sit out this election.

"Considering how the candidates are shaping up, I'm not quite sure how I'm going to vote, or if I vote at all," she said.

"The candidates that are currently on the table, none of them are people that I personally would want to vote for. I don't want any of them to win — not that I like Gavin Newsom either. So I'm still not quite sure what I'm going to do."

Nearly two-thirds of Latinos voted for Newsom when he was elected governor in 2018, and surveys this spring showed that most Latinos want to keep Newsom in office. But a recent poll by Emerson College found Hispanics are the only ethnic group with a majority in favor of removing him — giving hope to Republicans trying to expand their voting base for the recall.

The first ad that GOP candidate Kevin Faulconer launched in his bid to replace Newsom featured the former San Diego mayor introducing himself in Spanish and telling voters that the recall is "la mejor oportunidad" to fix what's wrong in California. A new radio ad by a committee backing the recall reminds voters in Spanish that "Newsom closed our local schools while sending his own children to an exclusive private school that stayed open."

'I don't want any of them to win — not that I like Gavin Newsom either. So I'm still not quite sure what I'm going to do.'

-Sofia Limon, Los Angeles business owner who voted for Newsom in 2018

Recall supporter and GOP activist Carl DeMaio launched a Latinos for the Recall" campaign that he's been promoting on his radio show. An episode earlier this summer featured El Cajon City Council member Phil Ortiz saying why he thinks Latinos should vote for the recall.

"The question I ask my Latino neighbors is, ‘Has your life gotten better in the past two to four years?'" Ortiz said. "And the answer is no. Black and brown people are being pushed into poverty, permanently."

The COVID factor

The lopsided impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic could also determine how many Latino voters abandon Newsom. Latinos have suffered disproportionately high rates of infection and death, compared with other ethnic groups in California. While Latinos make up 39% of the state's population, they comprise 55% of COVID cases and 46% of deaths from the virus, according to the California Department of Public Health. And yet Latinos have received just 29% of California's vaccine doses so far.

Many Latinos also took a financial hit from business shutdowns during the pandemic. Nearly two-thirds of California Latinos lost employment income last year, according to a report by the California Latino Economic Institute. It says that last fall, 43% of Latinos reported difficulty paying their household expenses.

"It's a community that's been the hardest hit," said Antonio Villaraigosa, the former mayor of Los Angeles who ran against Newsom in the 2018 primary.

He said he disagreed with some of Newsom's decisions during the pandemic, including school closures that dragged on for more than a year in most parts of the state, and restrictions on church services that were eventually overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court. But Villaraigosa said he opposes the recall and wants Newsom to stay in office.

"People are struggling with the pandemic and its aftermath, and the campaign is going to have to share with them what they've done," Villaraigosa told CalMatters.

Still, Latinos who are more politically engaged are more likely to vote Democratic and see the recall as a partisan attack that could lead to a Republican winning the governor's office and advancing policies that are harmful to immigrant communities, said Manuel Pastor, a sociology professor and director of the Equity Research Institute at the University of Southern California.

'People are struggling with the pandemic and its aftermath, and the campaign is going to have to share with them what they've done.'

-Antonio Villaraigosa, former mayor of Los Angeles

These voters also take pride in Newsom's appointment of Alex Padilla as California's first Latino U.S. senator, Pastor said, which helps bolster their support for the governor.

"For those who are less politically engaged, it's been a difficult year," he said. And that could lead to apathy or anger during the recall.

"This is Newsom's race: Whether or not frustration with the last year is outpaced by some political education."

Newsom's sales pitch

The governor has been trying to prove what he's done for constituents with frequent public events around the state. At a health clinic in Fresno last month, he signed a bill expanding Medi-Cal health insurance to cover undocumented immigrants age 50 and older — a top priority of the Legislature's Latino Caucus.

Two weeks earlier, at a Latino community center in Los Angeles, Newsom staged a rally highlighting the billions of dollars for small business grants, rent relief and $600 Golden State Stimulus checks that he signed in the new state budget.

Ron Herrera, president of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, drew cheers from the crowd as he vowed to fight the recall and introduced Newsom using the Spanish word for warrior.

"It takes a special person, a special leader… a guerrero, a fighter, in order to achieve this," Herrera said. "I want to personally thank Governor Newsom for all he does for working families, for workers, both documented and undocumented."

Newsom's campaign is portraying the recall as an attack by Trump Republicans, highlighting the former president's push for a border wall in a Spanish-language ad. A new ad features Sen. Padilla speaking to the camera in Spanish about the need to stop "los Republicanos de Trump" who are behind the recall.

"Voté no," Padilla says, adding, in Spanish: By mail or in person.

In a Zoom meeting last week with campaign volunteers, Newsom made a point of mentioning that the original leader of the recall petition drive once suggested on Facebook that immigrants should be microchipped.

"We believe in pluralism," the governor said, as he warned volunteers that a Republican could win the race if Democrats don't turn out and vote.

"We celebrate diversity. And we reject people that want to microchip immigrants. How dare they talk about people like that?"

Jessica Patterson, the Latina chairperson of the California Republican Party, dismissed the microchipping comment. Newsom's failures leading the state through the pandemic, she said, "are way more important than what someone said years ago."

'We celebrate diversity. And we reject people that want to microchip immigrants. How dare they talk about people like that?'

-Gavin Newsom, California governor

"Californians have been hurt by this governor, whether it's the 20,000 business owners in the last year that have had to close their doors permanently, the parents who had to watch their kids finish a second year with remote learning, the individuals who had to call on their government, some for the first time in their lives, to get unemployment and couldn't get a return phone call from the EDD while watching at least $11 billion worth of fraud going out," she said.

"These are all very serious issues and he's absolutely earned this recall. He does himself a real disservice by not acknowledging that."

Appealing to Latinos

Christian Arana, a vice president of the Latino Community Foundation, said both sides in the recall fight should engage Latino Californians as a bloc of voters that is both large and diverse. Older Latinos might respond to conservative messages or Spanish-language television ads, while younger Latinos are likely native English speakers, many of whom voted for Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont for president.

'We have been a community that has been living in a society that has been celebrating us as essential but treating us like dirt.'

-Christian Arana, a vice president of the Latino Community Foundation

California's 8 million Latino voters, he points out, amount to more people than there are in the state of Arizona. "That's a huge demonstration of the immense power the Latino vote has in any election in the state of California," Arana said.

"We have been a community that has been living in a society that has been celebrating us as essential but treating us like dirt. If you're going to ask me to vote in this recall election, well what's in it for me? Both sides of these campaigns need to hammer that point and really mobilize this community."

Arana was surprised that Newsom's campaign chose to launch an anti-recall ad featuring Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, who came in a distant third in California's presidential primary last year. It was Sanders — dubbed "Tio Bernie" in some Latino communities — who won here, in large part by exciting voters including Limon, the shoe store manager in Los Angeles.

"Latinos really love him here. He really speaks to the younger generation," Limon said, recalling the energy she felt at a Sanders rally last year.

Would a California campaign stop by Sanders to back Newsom persuade her to vote against the recall?

Limon couldn't say for certain, but acknowledged that "it might have some sway on how I see things."

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Could Latino voters make the difference in whether Newsom survives California's recall election?

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Uploaded: Fri, Sep 3, 2021, 9:19 am

Lea este artículo en español.

As a political science instructor at Fresno City College, Esmeralda Soria recently asked her students if they knew that Californians will soon vote whether to throw Gov. Gavin Newsom out of office.

"The majority of my students weren't even aware that they were about to receive ballots in the mail," she said. "Some folks don't even know what a recall is."

Most of Soria's students, like most of the constituents she represents on the Fresno City Council, are Latino — a group that could help decide the outcome of the recall election.

Latinos are the largest ethnic group in California at 39% of the population, and a growing share of the electorate at about 28% of registered voters. The group has been disproportionately sickened and hurt financially by the coronavirus pandemic that upended California's political landscape and fueled the drive to recall Newsom. Democrats who want to keep Newsom in office and Republicans trying to oust him are all vying for Latinos' votes in the Sept. 14 election.

The bigger question, however, could be how many Latinos vote at all.

So far, Soria hasn't seen either side make much of an impact in her community.

"If I'm thinking of folks in the neighborhoods that I represent, for Latinos, there's not a lot of talk about (the recall)," Soria said. "People are kind of disconnected from it."

Newsom's supporters are trying to turn around that lack of awareness and enthusiasm. The reason the recall is now polling as a close race — with 47% of the most likely voters saying they want to oust him, and 50% saying they want to keep him — boils down to the difference between who is registered to vote in California and who is likely to vote in the recall.

If Democrats turn out as they do in regular elections, Newsom will probably survive. But 2 million voters signed the petition to remove him, and they're the foundation of an energized anti-Newsom movement. Even though California is overwhelmingly a blue state with a multiracial electorate, researchers at UC Berkeley and UCLA found that conservatives and white voters are likely to dominate in the recall, while voters of color are less likely to cast ballots in the off-season election.

"California Latinos are still reliably a predictable Democratic constituency," said Mike Madrid, a GOP political consultant with expertise in Latino voting patterns. "The challenge is: What is turnout going to be? That is really the question for Gavin Newsom at this point."

Sofia Limon of Los Angeles illustrates Newsom's challenge. The 25-year-old shoe store manager is a Democrat who says she voted for Newsom in 2018. She hasn't been crazy about his job performance — he hasn't done enough on climate change or homelessness, in her opinion — but she thinks the recall is pointless.

So Limon may just sit out this election.

"Considering how the candidates are shaping up, I'm not quite sure how I'm going to vote, or if I vote at all," she said.

"The candidates that are currently on the table, none of them are people that I personally would want to vote for. I don't want any of them to win — not that I like Gavin Newsom either. So I'm still not quite sure what I'm going to do."

Nearly two-thirds of Latinos voted for Newsom when he was elected governor in 2018, and surveys this spring showed that most Latinos want to keep Newsom in office. But a recent poll by Emerson College found Hispanics are the only ethnic group with a majority in favor of removing him — giving hope to Republicans trying to expand their voting base for the recall.

The first ad that GOP candidate Kevin Faulconer launched in his bid to replace Newsom featured the former San Diego mayor introducing himself in Spanish and telling voters that the recall is "la mejor oportunidad" to fix what's wrong in California. A new radio ad by a committee backing the recall reminds voters in Spanish that "Newsom closed our local schools while sending his own children to an exclusive private school that stayed open."

Recall supporter and GOP activist Carl DeMaio launched a Latinos for the Recall" campaign that he's been promoting on his radio show. An episode earlier this summer featured El Cajon City Council member Phil Ortiz saying why he thinks Latinos should vote for the recall.

"The question I ask my Latino neighbors is, ‘Has your life gotten better in the past two to four years?'" Ortiz said. "And the answer is no. Black and brown people are being pushed into poverty, permanently."

The lopsided impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic could also determine how many Latino voters abandon Newsom. Latinos have suffered disproportionately high rates of infection and death, compared with other ethnic groups in California. While Latinos make up 39% of the state's population, they comprise 55% of COVID cases and 46% of deaths from the virus, according to the California Department of Public Health. And yet Latinos have received just 29% of California's vaccine doses so far.

Many Latinos also took a financial hit from business shutdowns during the pandemic. Nearly two-thirds of California Latinos lost employment income last year, according to a report by the California Latino Economic Institute. It says that last fall, 43% of Latinos reported difficulty paying their household expenses.

"It's a community that's been the hardest hit," said Antonio Villaraigosa, the former mayor of Los Angeles who ran against Newsom in the 2018 primary.

He said he disagreed with some of Newsom's decisions during the pandemic, including school closures that dragged on for more than a year in most parts of the state, and restrictions on church services that were eventually overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court. But Villaraigosa said he opposes the recall and wants Newsom to stay in office.

"People are struggling with the pandemic and its aftermath, and the campaign is going to have to share with them what they've done," Villaraigosa told CalMatters.

Still, Latinos who are more politically engaged are more likely to vote Democratic and see the recall as a partisan attack that could lead to a Republican winning the governor's office and advancing policies that are harmful to immigrant communities, said Manuel Pastor, a sociology professor and director of the Equity Research Institute at the University of Southern California.

These voters also take pride in Newsom's appointment of Alex Padilla as California's first Latino U.S. senator, Pastor said, which helps bolster their support for the governor.

"For those who are less politically engaged, it's been a difficult year," he said. And that could lead to apathy or anger during the recall.

"This is Newsom's race: Whether or not frustration with the last year is outpaced by some political education."

The governor has been trying to prove what he's done for constituents with frequent public events around the state. At a health clinic in Fresno last month, he signed a bill expanding Medi-Cal health insurance to cover undocumented immigrants age 50 and older — a top priority of the Legislature's Latino Caucus.

Two weeks earlier, at a Latino community center in Los Angeles, Newsom staged a rally highlighting the billions of dollars for small business grants, rent relief and $600 Golden State Stimulus checks that he signed in the new state budget.

Ron Herrera, president of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, drew cheers from the crowd as he vowed to fight the recall and introduced Newsom using the Spanish word for warrior.

"It takes a special person, a special leader… a guerrero, a fighter, in order to achieve this," Herrera said. "I want to personally thank Governor Newsom for all he does for working families, for workers, both documented and undocumented."

Newsom's campaign is portraying the recall as an attack by Trump Republicans, highlighting the former president's push for a border wall in a Spanish-language ad. A new ad features Sen. Padilla speaking to the camera in Spanish about the need to stop "los Republicanos de Trump" who are behind the recall.

"Voté no," Padilla says, adding, in Spanish: By mail or in person.

In a Zoom meeting last week with campaign volunteers, Newsom made a point of mentioning that the original leader of the recall petition drive once suggested on Facebook that immigrants should be microchipped.

"We believe in pluralism," the governor said, as he warned volunteers that a Republican could win the race if Democrats don't turn out and vote.

"We celebrate diversity. And we reject people that want to microchip immigrants. How dare they talk about people like that?"

Jessica Patterson, the Latina chairperson of the California Republican Party, dismissed the microchipping comment. Newsom's failures leading the state through the pandemic, she said, "are way more important than what someone said years ago."

"Californians have been hurt by this governor, whether it's the 20,000 business owners in the last year that have had to close their doors permanently, the parents who had to watch their kids finish a second year with remote learning, the individuals who had to call on their government, some for the first time in their lives, to get unemployment and couldn't get a return phone call from the EDD while watching at least $11 billion worth of fraud going out," she said.

"These are all very serious issues and he's absolutely earned this recall. He does himself a real disservice by not acknowledging that."

Christian Arana, a vice president of the Latino Community Foundation, said both sides in the recall fight should engage Latino Californians as a bloc of voters that is both large and diverse. Older Latinos might respond to conservative messages or Spanish-language television ads, while younger Latinos are likely native English speakers, many of whom voted for Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont for president.

California's 8 million Latino voters, he points out, amount to more people than there are in the state of Arizona. "That's a huge demonstration of the immense power the Latino vote has in any election in the state of California," Arana said.

"We have been a community that has been living in a society that has been celebrating us as essential but treating us like dirt. If you're going to ask me to vote in this recall election, well what's in it for me? Both sides of these campaigns need to hammer that point and really mobilize this community."

Arana was surprised that Newsom's campaign chose to launch an anti-recall ad featuring Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, who came in a distant third in California's presidential primary last year. It was Sanders — dubbed "Tio Bernie" in some Latino communities — who won here, in large part by exciting voters including Limon, the shoe store manager in Los Angeles.

"Latinos really love him here. He really speaks to the younger generation," Limon said, recalling the energy she felt at a Sanders rally last year.

Would a California campaign stop by Sanders to back Newsom persuade her to vote against the recall?

Limon couldn't say for certain, but acknowledged that "it might have some sway on how I see things."

Email Laurel Rosenhall at [email protected]

CALmatters.org is a nonprofit, nonpartisan media venture explaining California's policies and politics.

Comments

What Will They Do Next
Registered user
Old Palo Alto
on Sep 3, 2021 at 2:24 pm
What Will They Do Next, Old Palo Alto
Registered user
on Sep 3, 2021 at 2:24 pm

Latinos are leaning toward voting yes by a significant margin on the recall of Gov. Newsom, yet no mention of that in this article. I wonder why?

Democrats sending Sen. Padilla out to sway the Latino vote by speaking Spanish and calling the recall a Trump led Republican effort is foolish and shows how desperate Newsom and the Democrats are. The recall isn't partisan in any way. There are large numbers of Democrats, Republicans, Libertarians and Independents who want to end the Newsom legacy of incompetence and failure.

Latinos can and will make a difference and are hard working people who aren't looking for Democrat handouts. Most were pro Trump in 2016, especially males and most want to keep the border secure and put an end to illegal crossings, drug and sex trafficking and gang violence, like every sensible voter in the state.

Newsom and the Democrats are in big trouble and they know it.


maguro_01
Registered user
Mountain View
on Sep 3, 2021 at 6:14 pm
maguro_01, Mountain View
Registered user
on Sep 3, 2021 at 6:14 pm

Sex trafficking? Gang violence? Illegal drugs? Yes, problems all and all being dealt with by police at all levels. Can those efforts be improved? One might think so. Any actual ideas out there? Apparently not.

Newsom has managed through withering drought, rampaging fires, plague, economic upheaval, homelessness on a mass scale, and Los Angeles otherwise as usual. The only things he hasn't had to deal with are a big earthquake and a war. I say give him a chance at those and vote no recall this month.

The leading candidate to replace Newsom is a Libertarian. Again how is a Libertarian to deal with withering drought, rampaging fires, plague, economic upheaval, homelessness on a mass scale, and Los Angeles? Make speeches about sex trafficking? Is there a no government Libertarian program for even that?

Today we even have a larger problem with the possibility that the United States itself may be breaking up.

When such large problems and issues are on the table, it's not the time for a usual right side "social issues" or "get rid of government" candidate in California. They seldom mean any of it anyway. Most of the "social issues" are aggravated by the current US practice of diverting as much of the US GDP upwards as possible, a situation mostly bought through the political system. Never heard of a Libertarian who could address that and stay funded.

Please remember to vote in this election.


What Will They Do Next
Registered user
Old Palo Alto
on Sep 3, 2021 at 9:44 pm
What Will They Do Next, Old Palo Alto
Registered user
on Sep 3, 2021 at 9:44 pm

@ maguro_01 ... the only thing Newsom has "managed" through everything you mentioned is nothing. Everything you listed has gotten worse on his watch. I don't know what plague you're referring to, but if by that you mean the pandemic, he did a few good things and some bad. Most of the success in handling COVID was done on the local level, county by county. He had nothing to do with any of that except get out of the way.

And som what if a Libertarian makes a speech about sex trafficking. It will bring more attention to the problem than Newsom has done, who avoids the topic altogether. And as far as the other issues, it couldn't be any worse than what we already have, an optics driven incompetent failure.


Citizen
Registered user
Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 4, 2021 at 10:24 am
Citizen, Another Palo Alto neighborhood
Registered user
on Sep 4, 2021 at 10:24 am

This is a democracy. Republicans finding a way for their unpopular, poorly performing 3rd party to seize power IS a power grab.

Special elections makes it easier for a disgruntled unpopular group like Republicans to get power. If Republicans had to run on THEIR economic record without lying, they would lose to Newsom or any Democrat.

If a Republican wins, they would appoint a replacement for Dianne Feinstein (who is like 88 years old), shifting the balance of power in the US Congress to favor Republicans, devastating any ability of our nation to improve the economy & response to climate change.

The only way Republicans can get favor among CA Latinos is to lie to them. Democrats MUST counter Republican lies, like the LIE that Republicans are better for the economy. Democrats must get better at sharing the message that DEMOCRATS ARE BETTER FOR THE ECONOMY, because it means a lot to hardworking Latinos.

A nat’l nonpartisan study of how the economy did under both parties for 100years found the very richest do well under both parties, but everyone else does so much better when Democrats are in power, if you take any good chunk of time within the 100years & any measure of economic strength, the economy does WAY better under Democrats.

This is true in CA. Republicans throw CAn into deficits and Democrats preside over surpluses & a better economy.

This is largely because Republicans seem to believe broad investments in people and the economy are “handouts” but the upper crust of wealthiest never need to pay back via their taxes for the public investments they disproportionately benefit from to make their money.

Latinx Californians have been disproportionately hit by the pandemic economically and in deaths, for which Republicans deserve a larger share of blame for their misinformation campaigns (lies) & policies that so favor the upper crust of wealthiest & disadvantage everyone else.

Anyone who cares about our state’s and nation’s economy should vote NO.


What Will They Do Next
Registered user
Old Palo Alto
on Sep 4, 2021 at 11:13 am
What Will They Do Next, Old Palo Alto
Registered user
on Sep 4, 2021 at 11:13 am

The Democrat surplus Newsom claims to be at 29 billion dollars is mostly COVID bail out money from the federal government. So what's he going to do with it ? Where's all that broad investment in people and the economy been the last 3 years ? Is that why California businesses, the highest taxed in the country and thousands of people are leaving California and driving the state's record low population ? You want to blame Republicans for that ? He's doing the same thing progressives always do with most of our tax dollars. Spend it on wasteful and useless pay back projects. How about he do something meaningful about the homeless situation, fix the roads, manage water distribution, do something about fire management, make failing public education accountable and more .... I could go on, but won't. Newsom is concerned about one thing. Optics. And right now they'e not very good, just like when he was the mayor of San Francisco and failed on almost every level to live up to his campaign promises, including his assurance he would clean up the streets and put an end to the homeless predicament, which got much worse during his two terms. Do you want to blame Republicans for that too ? He's in trouble and knows it. California would be better without him in Sacramento, even if it's just until the next election. I'd be happy to vote for a moderate Democrat, but in California that's an oxymoron.


Janice Campbell
Registered user
Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 4, 2021 at 11:25 am
Janice Campbell, Another Palo Alto neighborhood
Registered user
on Sep 4, 2021 at 11:25 am

All things considered, Republicans constitute only 25% of California registered voters so chances are Gavin Newsom will survive this recall vote.

The white population in America has now become a shrinking minority and this in turn will allow countless non-white immigrant voters to have a larger say in election results.

I don't have a problem with this development but I do do have a problem with newly-arrived immigrants and refugees from the Middle East, PRC, Central America, and India potententially determining the outcome of various regional, state, and national elections.

Most of them with the exception of multi-generational minorities in America (i.e. Asian/Hispanic/Black Americans) should not be a major determining factor/voter bloc regarding the overall direction of our country and its elections.


AlexDeLarge
Registered user
Midtown
on Sep 4, 2021 at 10:40 pm
AlexDeLarge, Midtown
Registered user
on Sep 4, 2021 at 10:40 pm


Sadly, the grossly incompetent and of average intelligence Newsom will survive the justly so recall effort. Hopefully the effort will handicap Newsom's grotesque political aspirations. Can you imagine this neophyte with his sweaty palms on the leverages of power? Ugh.


Justin Morales
Registered user
Stanford
on Sep 5, 2021 at 8:25 am
Justin Morales, Stanford
Registered user
on Sep 5, 2021 at 8:25 am

Simply put, the Democrats have taken the Black and Hispanic vote for granted and Biden's 2020 campaign gaffe, "If you don't vote for me, you ain't black" sums this mindset up.

Truth is, there are countless Hispanic conservative voters and many of their families have been here for generations going back to the 1800s.

The conservative Hispanic voters embrace the 'pulling oneself up by the bootstraps' philosophy and have little respect or concern for the refugees crossing the border along with those who rely on public assistance.

There is often little in common between these two Hispanic groups (other than culinary similarities and parental language).

And to top things off, the 'white card' also enters into the picture as most lightly complexioned and professional white Hispanics want little to do with the brown Hispanics of Mexican and Indian heritage whom they view as backwards, uneducated, and unskilled.

Things are the same in the black community as lightly complexioned and educated African Americans tend to look down on the darker African Americans living in the ghettos and projects.

The bottom line is that whiteness assures a certain degree of professional success and neither group wants to take a step backwards or assist those they consider somewhat inferior and an embarrassment to their respective ethnicities.

And this makes sense to a certain extent as I share the same sentiments.


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