California Recall Live Updates: Biden to Join Newsom on Final Campaign Stretch, Latest Polls Indicate Victory for Dems

Live Updates

The California recall election campaign is about to enter its final week as the latest polls indicate Governor Gavin Newsom will secure victory. Leading polls show Newsom is likely to enjoy a double-digit lead. Averages from the largest pollsters show 55 percent of people are in favor of keeping Newsom compared to 42 percent in favor of removing the governor from office.

His campaign will receive a last-minute boost from President Joe Biden, who will join the governor Monday, the final day before the election. While it looks likely Newsom and the Democrats will secure victory, main rival Republican Larry Elder remains popular in the state, with the latest polls showing he would enjoy more support than all other candidates combined to replace Newsom if he was voted out.

The live updates for this blog have ended.

Larry Elder Recall Campaign
Firefighters from various locations stand by for Republican recall candidate Larry Elder to appear at a campaign stop during his attempt to unseat Gov. Gavin Newsom in the upcoming gubernatorial recall election on September 9, 2021 in Glendale, California. The Conservative talk show host is a Republican front-runner in the race to overthrow the governor in this years special recall election on September 14, ahead of next years regularly scheduled gubernatorial vote. David McNew/Getty Images

Caitlyn Jenner speaks with business leaders in Newport Beach

California governor candidate Caitlyn Jenner spoke with local business leaders in Newport Beach about cutting regulations and lowering taxes to "unleash the entrepreneurial spirit of California."

Had a great time talking with local business leaders in Newport Beach. We need to cut regulations and lower taxes so we can unleash the entrepreneurial spirit of California! pic.twitter.com/VIQuhYgQ09

— Caitlyn Jenner (@Caitlyn_Jenner) September 10, 2021

Councilwomen with Larry Elder file hate crime report with LAPD

Two councilwomen who were with Larry Elder when he was attacked are filing "hate crime" charges with the Los Angeles Police Department.

Soledad Ursua and Chie Lunn have filed police reports with the LAPD demanding the case be filed as a hate crime, the California Globe reported.

A woman in a gorilla mask threw an egg toward Elder but struck an aid instead.

Ursua said she and Lunn, both members of the Venice Neighborhood Council, "are the only women of color on the council," and felt targeted.

"We're the only two women of color on the [Venice] council," she told the Globe. "We don't know if those eggs were meant for both of us standing next to him, or for him."

As a self made Latina, whose grandparents met picking fruit--it was my great honor today to walk @larryelder through my neighborhood of Venice Beach. The racist slurs, eggs thrown and violent attacks made on us disgust me. Vote YES to recall @GavinNewsom

Vamos por Larry Elder!! https://t.co/iueotvTrWr

— Soledad Ursua (@SoledadUrsua) September 9, 2021

Newsom blasts Republicans "feigning" election fraud

Governor Gavin Newsom blasts Republicans for "feigning" election fraud ahead of the Califnron recall election.

"It's just an extension of the big lie, the stop the steal," Newsom told reporters after he cast his ballot in the recall election. "It's just a remarkable thing. Four days out, the election hasn't even happened, and now they're all feigning election fraud."

Newsom said these claims have no basis in fact.

"It's not surprising, but once again disappointing that you see folks even here in California, including the president himself [Donald Trump], who asserted similar comments a few weeks back, make such outrageous statements with no basis in evidence whatsoever."

Here's @GavinNewsom's full remarks where he blasts Republicans and former President Trump for "feigning" election fraud in the California recall: pic.twitter.com/zcVuHsmfsQ

— Liz Kreutz (@ABCLiz) September 10, 2021

Gavin Newsom casts his vote in the recall election

Governor Gavin Newsom and his wife visited a polling place in Sacramento to cast their vote in the recall election.

Newsom said the process for casting his ballot was "seamless."

"Seamless, seamless," @GavinNewsom says as he completes his ballot and turns it in pic.twitter.com/Kwf2aSlhne

— Liz Kreutz (@ABCLiz) September 10, 2021

Larry Elder pledges to be a governor who is"100% pro-life"

The National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC) hosted California governor candidate Larry Elder Thursday night.

Elder told the crowd he is "100 percent pro-life."

"I'm going to govern as a governor who is 100 percent pro-life," Elder pledged.

Thank you Pastor Sam for hosting me last night at New Season Downey! @nhclc pic.twitter.com/fXwZUQMdDZ

— Larry Elder (@larryelder) September 10, 2021

California Republican Party slams Newsom over "surging" crime

The California Republican Party slams Governor Gavin Newsom over "surging" crime rates in the state.

"In Gavin Newsom's California, crime is surging, and people are on edge," the CAGOP said in a statement. "Polls show crime is a top issue of concern for Californians and they disapprove of Newsom's handling of it. Homicides rose 31 percent last year while major retailers like Walgreens and Target are closing early in response to ongoing theft."

The CAGOP said Newsom "made California a more dangerous place to live, raise a family and own a business."

"Crime is omnipresent, and Californians understandably feel unsafe," the statement said. "Newsom has failed our state, and next Tuesday, voters will rebuke his soft-on-crime record when they recall him from office."

BOTTOM LINE: @GavinNewsom has made California a more dangerous place to live, raise a family and own a business. https://t.co/djImHat5xm

Read full release here: https://t.co/ty6EjASA8T pic.twitter.com/oG4xeZUmwS

— CAGOP (@CAGOP) September 10, 2021

Caitlyn Jenner blasts Biden's trip to campaign for Gavin Newsom

California governor candidate Caitlyn Jenner blasts President Joe Biden for his planned visit to campaign for Gavin Newsom in California amid ongoing chaos following the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan.

"Senile Joe is coming out to CA to campaign for Gavin Newsom instead of handling American and Afghani hostages being held by the Taliban," she said. "Joe stay in Washington, do your job."

Senile Joe is coming out to CA to campaign for #GavinNewsom instead of handling American and afghani hostages being held by the Taliban. How pathetic and political can the two of you get? Joe stay in Washington, do your job. Gavin you’ll lose on the 14th! #RecallGavinNewsom https://t.co/uOZPaqLXFQ

— Caitlyn Jenner (@Caitlyn_Jenner) September 10, 2021

California congresswoman rallies Asian Americans around Newsom

California Congresswoman Judy Chu (D-Pasadena) is encouraging Asian American Pacific Islanders to vote against recalling Governor Gavin Newsom.

Chu joined Newsom at a rally in Los Angeles' Chinatown.

"Seventy percent of our population are immigrants," she said. "And so, we do have people that may have a language barrier, but also may not be all that familiar with the American system of electoral politics; they may not realize how much their vote counts, but we need to make sure that our immigrant community fully exercises our voice."

Chu said the Asian community is rallying behind Newsom, especially after his action against the recent rise of hate crimes against Asian Americans.

"The trend of Asian Americans going from red to blue is a nationwide phenomenon," Chu said.

Larry Elder meets with Latino business owners

During a meeting with Latino business owners in Vista, California, Larry Elder criticized Governor Gavin Newsom's COVID-19 lockdown.

"This man shut down the state to the point that a third of all small businesses closed. That's outrageous," he said.

With five days left in the recall campaign, @larryelder meets with Latino business owners in Vista, Calif. + slams Newsom’s Covid lockdown policies. “This man shut down the state to the point that a third of all small businesses closed. That’s outrageous,” he said. pic.twitter.com/ZavdVUMvs0

— Susan Crabtree (@susancrabtree) September 10, 2021

Democrats pull ahead of returned ballots so far

Of those who have voted and returned their ballot papers, more than one in three are Democrats, while 30 percent are Republicans and 22 percent Independent.

Current makeup of ballots that have been returned in California’s recall election:

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• Republican: 𝟯𝟬%
• Independent: 𝟮𝟮%

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— Frank Luntz (@FrankLuntz) September 10, 2021

Larry Elder believes vaccine mandates are unconstitutional

Leading Republican recall candidate Larry Elder criticized vaccine mandates, believing such mandates to be unconstitutional.

Elder said many people in California are upset about the mandate from Governor Gavin Newsom requiring state workers to be vaccinated or get tested once a week and requiring everyone to wear a face mask.

"A lot of people are mad about that, nurses are mad, cops and firefighters are mad about it," Elder said on Fox News Thursday evening

He also added that President Joe Biden's latest vaccine mandate for federal employees will be challenged in the courts.

"There's going to be a lawsuit, and this is going to be on a collision course up to the United States Supreme Court and ultimately the people who want freedom are going to be vindicated," Elder said.

During a campaign event, Elder said "one of the first things I'm going to do when I become governor is repeal" Newsom's mandate.

Elder said that he is not "anti-vaccine" and is vaccinated himself.

Police investigating attack on Larry Elder aid

The Los Angeles Police Department has launched an investigation into an attack on Larry Elder's aid during a campaign event Wednesday.

During a tour of a homeless encampment in Venice, California, a woman in a gorilla mask threw an egg at Elder but it did not strike him.

The LAPD told KABC that an aid approached the woman, who yelled profanities at home and then "struck the aid on the left side of his face with her open hand."

Another man wearing a grey T-shirt also punched the aid in the back of the head, police said.

The visit was cut short, as Elder was escorted into a waiting vehicle and taken away by his security team.

Police are now seeking the public's help in identifying both suspects.

How to vote and check if your ballot was received

California's recall election is less than a week away.

The election will take place on September 14 and it entails two parts. Voters will be asked the following two questions on the ballot:

  1. Do they want Newsom removed from office?
  2. Which recall candidate would they pick to replace Newsom?

The Secretary of State (SOS) website says voters are not required to answer both questions.

"Voters can vote on either one or both parts of the recall ballot. A voter can vote 'no' to the question of removing the current elected officer from office and also select a replacement candidate."

Those who are eligible can vote in person or by mail.

Voters can check the status of their mail-in ballot by signing up at WheresMyBallot.sos.ca.gov to receive email, text or voice call notifications about their ballot.

READ MORE: "California Recall Election: Where to Vote and How to Check Your Ballot Was Received"

Republicans in California favor in-person voting for recall election

Many Republican voters in California are relying on in-person voting for the recall, due to lingering distrust of mail-in voting.

Linda Wannack, a Republican voting to replace Gavin Newsom, said most of her conservative friends plan to vote in person, CNN reported.

"There were so many stories of found ballots and just the mistrust in the mail-in system that I believe people really want to hang on and vote at the polling places," she said.

Some people believe the "big lie" of voter fraud from the 2020 election will happen during the California recall.

When CNN asked Dennis Jeffers, a Bakersfield native, about the chances of Newsom getting unseated, he responded, "Probably slim and none because they will cheat, just like they have been cheating for Democrats."

"It was bad in the last election," Jeffers added. "It will be bad in this one."

Larry Elder defends climate change stance: "I am not a climate change denier"

Larry Elder, the leading Republican recall candidate, defended his position on climate change during a campaign event Thursday.

Governor Gavin Newsom said Elder "thinks climate change is a myth" during a campaign event in Fresno, California.

"Floods on the East Coast," Newsom said. "People literally drowning in their cars. He doesn't even believe. At this critical moment in our state and nation and globe's history, thinks climate change is a myth, thinks it's a crock and thinks the answer to climate change is more offshore oil drilling."

Elder clarified his stance on the issue, saying he is not a climate change denier.

"I am not a climate change denier, contrary to what my opponent's ads say," Elder said. "I am a climate change alarmist denier. Droughts are God-made, but shortages are manmade and we're not preparing. We should be preparing when we have wet years to store the water to get us through the dry years we're having right now."

WATCH: Who is Republican Larry Elder and could he take over from Gavin Newsom?

Barack Obama backs Newsom in political ad

The former president has joined other high-profile Democrats in supporting the California governor ahead of the recall vote.

Obama appeared in an ad Newsom's campaign released earlier this week to encourage Californians to vote against the recall effort. First shared on social media by Newsom and his Stop the Republican Recall campaign on Wednesday, the ad has launched on TV channels across the state.

READ MORE: Obama Latest Democrat to Back Newsom Ahead of Recall Election

Berkeley IGS finds 60 percent of voters want to keep Newsom

The survey, released this morning, found that 60.1 percent of likely voters oppose recalling the governor compared with 38.5 percent in favor of removing him from office.

Fewer than 2 percent remain undecided - lower than previous polls - indicating that most people have made up their minds.

'Where is the outrage?': LA County Sheriff says 'woke privilege' explains silence following egg attack

Alex Villanueva accused political parties of failing to condemn a white woman who egged Black Republican candidate Larry Elder while wearing a gorilla mask.

No arrests have been made yet and Elder refused to label the incident racist, suggesting he is not "somebody who pulls out the race card the way Barack Obama does".

QUESTION: How is this not a hate crime?

ANSWER: Because “woke privilege” means a white woman can wear a gorilla mask and attack a black man without fear of being called a racist.

Where is the outrage from our politicians?#Hypocrisy #WokePrivilege @LarryElder @GavinNewsom pic.twitter.com/h6vnXQ2Uzd

— Alex Villanueva (@LACoSheriff) September 9, 2021

The two questions that will decide the next California governor

The first asks voters if they want Newsom removed from office and the second asks which of the recall candidates they would pick to replace him - but many voters have expressed confusion over the process.

Voter confusion is in part due to the infrequency of recall elections in California. While there have been 179 attempted recalls of state officials in California since the state adopted its recall process in 1911, only 11 have qualified for a ballot, and only six of those have been successful in removing the targeted official from office.

READ MORE: California's Recall Ballot Questions Explained

Ballot paper for California recall election
A ballot for a recall election seeking to remove California Governor Gavin Newsom Chris Delmas/Getty Images

What are the main issues for the next California governor?

COVID-19 has been the dominant issue in government and politics, particularly in California, over the past year. Often being the first to introduce, and keep, tough virus measures, Democrats in the state have come under fire and the policies have been a source of intense debate.

This became a particular issue when it was revealed that while Californians were asked to stay shut indoors to spread the spread of COVID, Newsom attended a party with his friend and corporate lobbyist Jason Kinney.

Other issues include the 160,000 rough sleepers in the state, soaring house prices, and the increasingly severe droughts caused by climate change.

READ MORE: 47 People Actually Want This Job? 10 Huge Problems for California's Next Governor

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Today will see the end of the last full week of campaigning by supporters and opponents of California Governor Gavin Newsom ahead of the recall polls opening on Tuesday.

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