A tumultuous California election

There will be an early gubernatorial election in California this November. Liberal governor Gavin Newsom is in danger of losing power there. Local residents were able to collect more than 2.1 million signatures to recall him as governor

A tumultuous California election

Democrats have ruled California single-handedly for more than 15 years. The once golden state is fast becoming a third-world country: with African levels of inequality, rolling blackouts and mass exodus from high taxes.

Voters have long been used to the fact that nothing can be changed in this state, so they silently vote with their feet. But now, against the background of the crisis and quarantines, Californians have not been patient and risked to declare a vote of no confidence in the local government, forcing it to go to early elections.

California continues to have some of the toughest quarantine measures in the country. Small businesses are suffocating and dying: tens of thousands of establishments have already gone bankrupt in the past year. The state’s unemployment rate is 8.3%, much higher than the national rate of 6%.

The desperate populace is hoping that they can at least get the local elite to change their policies through early elections. If the majority votes to recall, the governor’s post will automatically go to Newsom’s most popular opponent.

Several Republicans have already announced their candidacy for this election, which will prove to be the biggest for the US in 2021. The most extravagant candidate is Caitlyn Jenner, an Olympic gold medallist who has had gender reassignment surgery in retirement.

Such extravagance has bailed out Republicans in the past. In 2003, Arnold Schwarzenegger won the election after the Democratic governor was recalled. Now the Republicans hope to once again channel massive popular discontent into their electoral victory.

Malek Dudakov

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