Newsom hits at Texas abortion law, criticizing recall effort

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Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom warned that his Republican opponents will follow the lead of Texas and other conservative states, stoking concerns about a recent restrictive abortion law in the Lone Star State.

Constituents in the Golden State are slated to vote on Tuesday to determine whether the Democratic governor will remain in office. Meanwhile, the leading Republican candidate, talk radio host Larry Elder, has been making his final efforts to convince voters to recall Newsom.

“The whole idea that a constitutional right, the right to choice, the right to reproductive freedom, rights of women, now are under assault — what a remarkable moment it is in American history,” Newsom said while campaigning Wednesday, alluding to the Texas law banning abortions after six weeks of conception.

Other Democrats from the state have campaigned for Newsom in recent days, such as Vice President Kamala Harris and Rep. Ted Lieu, who tweeted on Sept. 4 that Newsom has done a "great job taking California to the number 1 state economy in the US."

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"Also, unlike Larry Elder, Gov Newsom does not support a law that pays neighbors to spy on and sue people seeking an abortion for rape or incest," Lieu added.

Democrats hold a nearly 2-to-1 voter registration advantage in California, but a lack of enthusiasm after more than a year of restrictive coronavirus lockdowns, rising crime, and frustration over homelessness remain political liabilities for Newsom's success.

So far, more than 50% of Democrats have returned their ballots, along with 22% of Independents and 30% of Republicans, according to Political Data Intelligence, a California-based firm.

Paul Mitchell, vice president of PDI, told the New York Times on Saturday that the sheer volume of Democratic voters in California could be enough to tip the scales in favor of Newsom despite the success thus far in bringing the recall question to the ballot.

Mitchell said, “If they [Democrats] get to 60 percent turnout, it’s almost mathematically impossible for Newsom to lose.”

Newsom characterized Elder as “someone that celebrates what just happened to women in Texas, and is celebrating the prospect of overturning Roe v. Wade,” the landmark Supreme Court case that established nationwide abortion rights.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has lauded his state in recent months over the move some companies from the Golden State have made to bring their business headquarters to Texas during the pandemic, including Oracle and Hewlett Packard Enterprises.

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“Texas policies attract people more than any other state,” Abbott tweeted on Sept. 5, adding that "California is losing population to other states."

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