LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – The California governor vying to keep his post and the Republican frontrunner in the race to unseat him were both holding Labor Day campaign events in the Southland, with just over a week to go before the Sept. 14 recall election.
Gov. Gavin Newsom held a rally in Baldwin Hills Monday morning in an effort to drum up support among African American voters.
“This is not just an attack on the current incumbent governor, this is an attack on our values, the things we hold dear as a state,” Newsom said in a news conference at the African American Voter Registration, Education and Participation office.
Meanwhile, radio host Larry Elder, the favorite among the dozens of candidates looking to replace Newsom, held a rally at Freedom’s Way Baptist Church in Castaic, and a second in Thousand Oaks.
“More businesses have left California this year than all of last year,” Elder told the crowd in Thousand Oaks. “They are leaving. They are citing cost of living, high taxes and excessive regulations.”
Challenger Caitlin Jenner held a campaign event in Oxnard, where she toured an onion processing plant and addressed the drought.
“The agriculture business is such a vital part to our economy, and they can’t get water, or the water the do get is so expensive they can’t get any profit on their farms,” Jenner said.
Assemblyman Kevin Kiley (R-Sacramento) also held a campaign event at Kitson LA in Beverly Hills.
According to the most recent survey from the Public Policy Institute of California, 58% of those polled said they will vote no on removing Newsom, compared to 39% who said they would vote yes.
The survey of 1,706 California adults was conducted between Aug. 20-29.
Voters are being asked two questions on their recall ballots. The first is whether Newsom should be recalled, and the second is who should succeed him in the event he is.
If over 50% of voters approve the recall, then the new governor would be selected from the candidate who receives the highest number of votes on question two.