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By Evan Symon | Originally posted on California Globe.

During the recent weekend, California Governor Gavin Newsom changed his focus on the recall election at campaign stops in San Francisco and East Los Angeles, moving from being just against the recall, to going after current recall candidate front runner Larry Elder.

Until recently, Newsom largely focused on just defeating the recall while only occasionally going after previous front runner candidates such as former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer and 2018 GOP gubernatorial nominee John Cox. But with polls now showing the recall being within the margin of error of succeeding, talk show host Larry Elder pulling ahead of all other candidates by double digits in terms of likely voters, and Governor Newsom’s speeches against the recall leading to bouts of shouting in recent weeks, Newsom took a new approach this weekend.

In San Francisco on Friday, Newsom’s usual speech telling people to vote “no” on the recall election was intertwined with warnings about Larry Elder, specifically citing his strong conservative stance on many state issues, and mentioning him along with former President Donald Trump. While Newsom did start to target Elder more directly earlier this month in limited political settings, Newsom now opening going after Elder in public campaign speeches marked a new change in his campaign.

“He’s to the right of Donald Trump. To the right of Donald Trump,” said Newsom of Elder in San Francisco. “That’s what’s at stake in this election and don’t think for a second you can’t do damage in that role. Think about the judges he could appoint. Who would he have appointed to replace Kamala Harris in the U.S. Senate? How would that impact the trajectory of this country. What would this mean for the future of the Democratic party in our efforts to keep the House of Representatives?”

“Just vote no. You don’t even have to touch the other part. The other part is irrelevant. Don’t even touch it. Simple no. This is about the easiest ballot you ever had to fill out. Just vote no. No on the recall.”

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