OAKLAND (KPIX 5) – With two weeks to go until the recall election, Gov. Gavin Newsom was in the Bay Area to make his case. Meanwhile, experts are saying turnout and enthusiasm will likely be key in determining if Newsom will get to keep his job.
Local experts are making predictions of what the election results could be.READ MORE: Evacuations Ordered As University Fire Burns In San Bernardino
“At this point, more Democrats than Republicans are voting,” said Jessica Levinson of Loyola Marymount University.
In Oakland on Tuesday, Newsom touted the state’s vaccination program and his handling of the pandemic.
“We have broken now 80% of eligible Californians having received at least one dose,” Newsom said.READ MORE: Burbank Airport Operations Interrupted After Unauthorized Person Enters Airfield Area
The embattled governor also took a jab at his political opponents.
“I want to remind people that we have the power of choice here in California — to walk down a path where we’re ideological and political about our approach to helping keep people safe or continuing down the path that we’re on here in the state of California,” Newsom said outside a vaccination clinic in the East Bay.
With the recall just two weeks away, a steady stream of voters showed up in person at the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters’ office in San Jose.
“I wanted to go to the Registrar of Voters’ here to make sure my vote will be counted,” said a man who declined to give his name after dropping off his ballot in person this afternoon.MORE NEWS: LAUSD Hosts COVID Vaccine Clinics Ahead Of Deadline For Employees
Newsom is only the second governor in California’s history to face a recall election, following Gray Davis in 2003. His political fortunes have risen and fallen with frustration over pandemic lockdowns and with the resurgence of the virus itself.