OAKLAND — Former President Barack Obama will appear in a statewide ad urging Californians to reject the recall of Gov. Gavin Newsom in the final days of the campaign.
The spot launching Thursday underscores Newsom’s strategy of enlisting national Democrats to help boost liberal turnout before voting ends Tuesday. While Democrats vastly outnumber Republicans in California, polls have shown GOP voters are more eager to vote.
Obama’s star turn comes after Vice President Kamala Harris and Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) made campaign stops in California. President Joe Biden is expected to stump for Newsom early next week.
Recent polls have shown Californians would reject the recall by a double-digit margin, but those numbers do not automatically translate into votes. Newsom and Democratic allies have spent the campaign’s final stretch working to turn out supportive voters.
Recall ballots pose two questions: whether to unseat Newsom, and who should replace him. If a majority of voters support recalling Newsom on the first question, the top vote-getter on the second question would become governor.