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I feel renewed hope. Great news Ross!
Thank you, Nora.
My fear is that Democrats would not turn out.
But we did. Bigly.
Like we did in 2018 and 2020.
This bodes very well for 2022.
I’m a very proud Democrat, as my party has a long history of actually improving the lives of most Americans.
The same cannot be said of…
I can’t tell you how anxious I have been these last few weeks. There was a lot on the line. I finally calmed down last night when I read some of the five thirty eight site. Newsom is a lot more popular than Davis, the political situation the recall is based on is different and Larry Elder was no Arnold Schwarzenegger just as Newsom is no Gray Davis. Plus the mail in ballots ensured there would probably be a bigger turnout. Still, I was jittery all day.
I think mail in ballots are the key. If people were automatically registered at the DMV and every registered voter was mailed a ballot to return, turnout would be much higher. .
I will say Elder did a lot to shoot himself in the foot. He made it clear he was running basically as Trump II, espousing some very unpopular positions with California voters. Apparently he didn’t notice that Trump lost bigly in California in 2020. The recall map mirrors almost exactly the Biden/Trump map of 2020.
The real winner of the day was Newsom’s handling of the Covid response in California and the public that followed the guidelines. Yes, at times it was not popular, but he saw us through the pandemic with great outcomes and I think people recognized that.
I am so grateful that sane heads prevailed over nonsense!
I also think it helped when Newsom asked if people really wanted Elder? Like a bucket of cold water in the face. (I had actually forgotten (shame on me) as this noon I was listening to the hearings about the doctor who assaulted all the gymnasts – horrific) Thanks for the info! 🙂
That is wonderful news. It goes to show that money doesn’t always win an election.
I live in CALIFORNIA. I was totally stressing out about this. So relieved. If wishes come true Texas will turn blue!
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