Republicans leading the uphill campaign to recall California Gov. Gavin Newsom are facing fresh hurdles after former President Donald Trump discouraged GOP turnout by raising doubts about the legitimacy of the election.
Trump said in a statement issued Monday afternoon that “millions and millions of mail-in ballots will make this just another giant election scam, no different, but less blatant, than the 2020 presidential election scam!” Coming less than 24 hours before Californians head to the polls to render their verdict on Newsom in a special election, the former president’s comments could depress Republican turnout and further boost the Democratic incumbent’s prospects.
“Republicans have never had a coherent message,” said Tyler Law, a Democratic operative in California. “They have never made a coherent and simple case for why a Democratic governor elected in a landslide in an overwhelmingly Democratic state should be recalled and replaced by a conservative Republican. That’s a tough case to make and they