President Joe Biden will stump for California Gov. Gavin Newsom in friendly territory next week, flying cross-country to rouse recalcitrant Democrats ahead of Tuesday’s gubernatorial recall. The White House said that targeting supporters is par for the course.
“Certainly, we don’t go campaign in states where we aren’t wanted,” press secretary Jen Psaki said to reporters on Thursday. Democrats hold a nearly 2-1 registration advantage in the state, which Biden won by a similar margin in the 2020 presidential election.
Democrats, including Vice President Kamala Harris, have warned that a loss in deep-blue California could signal trouble in upcoming races. But recent polling has shown Newsom on steadier ground, while Biden suffers the fallout of the chaotic drawdown from Afghanistan, rising inflation, and an economy hampered by the spread of COVID-19.
The White House insisted that Biden remains a draw.
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