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(9,003 posts)
Tue Aug 10, 2021, 01:55 PM Aug 2021

A Republican could easily become California governor

If Newsom is recalled in Question #1 of the ballot, the person selected in Question #2 will replace him.

Here's the thing. Last I checked, there are 46 names listed on the second question. Whoever gets the most votes wins. Doesn't need to be a majority. There will not be a run-off. If the vote is divided all over, someone with 10% of the vote on Question #2 can be governor.

All the Republicans have to do is coalesce around someone. Looks like Larry Elder is it at the moment.

Here's the absolutely totally crazy thing.

Newsom's campaign is telling people to leave Question #2 blank.


In a statement, Nathan Click, Newsom’s advisor wrote,

"Leave it blank. Voting NO is the only way to block the Republican power grab and prevent the Republican takeover of California."

"They've made a strategic choice to solely focus on that first question because anything in their minds is a loss,” said News 8 political analyst Laura Fink.

It is so, so important for people to vote on this. If you're Californian - or even if you're not and know some - get your ballots filled out and mailed, and make sure everyone you know in the state is doing their part.

This situation can go to hell real easily. And then everyone will act all shocked and surprised. It's a heavily blue state. We have no excuse here.
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(92,023 posts)
2. The only question I will focus on is question 1, with a resounding NO
Tue Aug 10, 2021, 02:00 PM
Aug 2021

I don’t worry about question 2


(81,284 posts)
3. This is an all-hands-on-deck moment for California Democrats
Tue Aug 10, 2021, 02:04 PM
Aug 2021

unless they want to be ruled by a Trump-worshiping, science-denying, gun-loving Uncle Tom Republican


(11,719 posts)
4. Yeah, the whole situation has been a CF.
Tue Aug 10, 2021, 02:05 PM
Aug 2021

I understand that COVID-19 hampered Republican's efforts, but the judge giving them more time to gather signatures and spread their bullshit really allowed this stupidity gain momentum.

There are a few Democrats running, but no one really high profile unlike when Davis was recalled and Cruz Bustamante, the Lt. Governor at the time ran. He never lived that down. He was able to win a primary for Insurance Commissioner in 2006 but got trounced in the general by the Republican.


(10,279 posts)
5. A smart strategy. It may make the recall into this choice: Newsom remains
Tue Aug 10, 2021, 02:55 PM
Aug 2021

governor OR a Repuke becomes governor, if the Repukes coalesce around a candidate.


(59,492 posts)
8. Maybe either a Democratic elder (ie Jerry Brown or Barbara Boxer)or Newsom's wife could run
Tue Aug 10, 2021, 04:43 PM
Aug 2021

stating they would not run for reelection. All top Democrats including Newsom should endorse that person - even as they argue against a recall.

It is a selfish strategy to ask Democrats to NOT vote in what could be the election of a governor. Second thing is when this is over, they need to change the way the two things happen together - especially that it allows someone with almost no support could become governor.

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