Decision time: Three ways the California recall election could go

By Laurel Rosenhall | CALmatters

President Joe Biden, left, and California Gov. Gavin Newsom shake hands during a rally ahead of the California gubernatorial recall election Monday, Sept. 13, 2021, in Long Beach, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

(CALMATTERS) – For nearly 25 years, Gov. Gavin Newsom rose the ranks of California politics without ever losing an election, buoyed by connections to powerful San Francisco Democrats and a willingness to take risks — like sanctioning same-sex marriage — that put him at the vanguard of his party.

Then came the coronavirus pandemic. 

The governor’s attention-grabbing style — implementing the nation’s first stay-at-home order in March 2020, then dining at an exclusive wine country restaurant as he told people to stay home to avoid a winter surge — rubbed enough Californians the wrong way that 1.7 million voters launched the second gubernatorial recall in state history.   

And yet to fight

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