The California GOP has stated that they won’t be endorsing any candidate who would run to replace Gov. Gavin Newsom. The party has decided to prioritize the unity of the state over a divisive selection that would have more problems than it would solve.
This came hours before the delegates of the party were supposed to choose between four different Republican candidates when a couple of officials circulated a motion where they would not be endorsing anyone. They further warned that if they were to support one candidate, it would make it even less likely that voters would be recalling Newsom.
California GOP Choosing Unity Over Candidature
Shawn Steel and Harmeet Dhillon, two members of the Republican National Committee, stated that there was no reason why they should discourage voters who have been passionate about a single candidate- where it results in the voting for someone else because their candidate didn’t receive the endorsement.
This move definitely topped the internal jockeying that was taking over the California GOP’s role in the recall of the Governor. As most campaigns were about securing a position, there was a vocal contingent of several activists as well as candidates of the Republican party which argued against the endorsing of any single candidate. This could result in insider favoritism- therefore destroying the fabric of their party.
Gov. Gavin Newsom might still lose the recall- based on recent polls- but the race will definitely remain close. The turnaround is also going to be pretty hard to predict. Several members of the California GOP have been energized enough to oust the Governor while participating in large numbers.
The Democrats, on the other hand, haven’t been as motivated so far. This does give Republicans a major chance if the supporters of the Democratic party failed to participate.
As it stands, the California GOP had put up a very high bar for endorsing a candidate. They had to secure 60% of the vote rather than just a simple majority.