Democratic California Gov. Gavin Newsom is now closer than ever before to possibly being removed from his seat.
And a new poll reveals that he should be very worried about the possibility that he will be ousted from the governor’s mansion.
According to a new UC Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies poll, 47 percent of likely voters in California support removing Newsom from office.
The poll found that 50 percent oppose the move, which is still not great news for a Democratic governor in arguably the most liberal state in the country.
“Californians who say they expect to vote in the September recall election are almost evenly divided over whether to remove Gov. Gavin Newsom from office, evidence of how pivotal voter turnout will be in deciding the governor’s political fate, according to a new UC Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies poll co-sponsored by the Los Angeles Times,” the paper wrote on Tuesday.
“The findings dispel the notion that California’s solid Democratic voter majority will provide an impenetrable shield for Newsom, and reveal a vulnerability created by a recall effort that has energized Republicans and been met with indifference by many Democrats and independent voters,” said the Times.
Earlier this month, Newsom got slapped with more bad news in his fight against a recall effort.
Judge James P. Arguelles ruled that Newsom will not be able to label himself a “Democrat” on the recall ballot this September after his team made a filing error and omitted his party preference.
In other words, Newsom’s team forgot to state on the paperwork that he wanted to be listed as a Democrat.
Newsom’s team sued the California Secretary of State so that he could correct the error.
Arguelles denied Newsom’s request and held that the recall election will take place on September 14, 2021.
“Governor Newsom argues that unique circumstances attending his untimely party designation support an order excusing the noncompliance,” Arguelles wrote, adding that “the court is not persuaded.”
Newsom’s team had scrambled to correct an error that will now deprive him of his party preference on ballots for the Sept. 14 recall. Newsom sued Secretary of State Shirley Weber in late June, arguing that the law imposes a needlessly early deadline for recall targets to request their party designation and that voters deserve to see that information.
After hearing arguments Friday, however, Judge James P. Arguelles ruled late Monday against Newsom. Arguelles had already played an instrumental role in the recall by granting proponents four additional months to gather signatures — an extension that ultimately coincided with the worst months of the pandemic in California.
Arguelles disagreed with an argument from Newsom’s attorney that party status was a vital piece of information for voters, writing that the law offered candidates “discretion to inform recall voters about their party preferences, as opposed to imposing a requirement that voters be so informed.” Arguelles rejected the notion a “good faith error” on Newsom’s part should spare him.
Organizers for “Recall Gavin 2020” gathered well over the necessary 1.5 million petition signatures, which gives Californians the chance to vote Newsom out of office.
Newsom has imposed some of the most drastic restrictions in the entire nation in terms of lockdowns, stay-at-home orders, and restrictions on businesses, all of which have done little to mitigate the spread of the virus in the Golden State.