The days are winding down until California’s Sept. 14 recall election and Gov. Gavin Newsom is bringing out big-name Democrats to support him in the final stretch. On Wednesday, Vice President Kamala Harris will appear with the progressive governor in the Bay Area, which conservatives are pointing out is actually a “gift to Larry Elder.”
The campaign stop is the second time such an event was planned—the first Harris canceled after the terror attack in Kabul killed U.S. 13 service members.
The campaign stop points to continuing concern among Democrats about Newsom’s chances — despite the Golden State’s deep-blue electorate.
California Democrats outnumber Republicans by nearly two-to-one — but voter backlash against the governor’s pandemic restrictions has been mushrooming.
Harris, a California native who won statewide elections to the US Senate and to serve as the state attorney general, will be the highest-profile Dem to hit the hustings on Newsom’s behalf. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) was set to appear with him in Los Angeles Saturday.
That’ll work.— Sebastian Gorka DrG (@SebGorka) September 5, 2021
Well it’s official - Larry Elder in a landslide. ?????? https://t.co/B9AErNTPLB— Catturd ™ (@catturd2) September 5, 2021
How? Is she campaigning for Larry Elder? https://t.co/DHUhD5wXQW— ApartmentBoss (@ApartmentBoss) September 5, 2021
Given her track record and poll numbers, seems like this may not have the intended effect… https://t.co/DjtN2z9h12— Lydia Moynihan (@LJMoynihan) September 5, 2021
So a failed candidate that quit before she could receive minimal support in CA primary is going to stump for a failed governor. Solid strategy they have. https://t.co/LViZWQrZUG— WorkingMansDollar (@bradgoeslow) September 5, 2021
"boost" ??????— pete UNMASKED 1258 (@pete1258) September 5, 2021
This is a gift to Larry Elder. https://t.co/x1wsKIzhQE
In addition to her tanking popularity in recent weeks as VP, she was so unpopular as a presidential candidate that she dropped out before the California primary, preventing an embarrassing fifth or sixth place finish in her home state.
“The morning Harris withdrew from the race, UC Berkeley’s Institute of Governmental Studies and the Los Angeles Times published a poll that awarded her 7% support in the state among likely primary voters and found that 61% of those voters thought she should drop out of the race," USA Today reported at the time.