Our new book is titled Divided We Stand: The 2020 Elections and American Politics. Among other things, it discusses state elections. The biggest off-off-year election is the CA recall.
Kevin Faulconer had been talked up as a potential candidate for governor by California Republican leaders from the moment he was elected mayor of San Diego in 2014.
The GOP and now-former Mayor Faulconer saw an unexpected window of opportunity to win in the deep blue state with the pandemic-fueled recall effort targeting Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom.
Republican organization and money were instrumental in qualifying the recall for the ballot and, for a while, it seemed like the recall campaign and the Faulconer campaign were one in the same. That’s certainly not the case now.
At the moment, Faulconer can’t even claim sole possession of second place among Republican replacement candidates. In three consecutive polls, he has been tied with Rancho Santa Fe businessman John Cox.
They both have more to worry about than each other: Syndicated radio talk show host Larry Elder has led by a comfortable margin in the two voter surveys taken since he announced his candidacy just over three weeks ago.