By dispatching President Joe Biden to campaign against the California recall the day before the election, the White House may hope to do more than drag Gov. Gavin Newsom across the finish line.
“It’s the first big, national-scale contest since the [2020 presidential] election,” said Mike Madrid, a California GOP strategist. “I can’t think of a smarter tactical move at this moment in time than surrounding themselves with a double-digit Democratic victory. It’s capital extremely well spent.”
Biden has backslid in recent polls after a chaotic drawdown from Afghanistan, inflation woes, and a rise in violent crime in major cities across the United States. If Newsom secures a decisive victory as polls suggest he might, Democrats who traipsed westward will reap the benefits, longtime campaign strategists said.
“Earlier this summer, it looked like Biden might need to come to Newsom’s rescue. But now