Let the sideshow begin.
After verifying upward of 1.5 million signatures on a recall petition, California has officially set a date for the Republican-led push to unseat Governor Gavin Newsom.
Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis set the election for Tuesday, September 14, which the California Association of Clerks and Election Officials said in a recent letter was the earliest feasible election date.
The ballot will have two questions: Should Newsom be removed, and, if so, who should replace him? A number of Republicans have already declared their candidacy, including former San Diego mayor Kevin Faulconer, businessman (and self-proclaimed “beast”) John Cox, and reality TV star Caitlyn Jenner. According to the Associated Press, conservative talk radio host Larry Elder is considering running as well.
Would-be challengers will have until 59 days before the election to file the necessary paperwork (which puts the deadline at July 17).
While Republican strategists are hoping a high-profile candidate with a big platform like Elder might stand a chance at bumping the popular Democratic governor, a Republican hasn’t won a statewide election in California since 2006. As recently as May, polls indicated that just 36 percent of registered voters favor removing Newsom.
The election is expected to cost taxpayers $215 million.
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