Another anti-recall ad specifically slammed Elder, the top Republican candidate in the race, alleging that he "pedaled deadly conspiracy theories and would eliminate vaccine mandates on day one."
Elder vowed to overturn all vaccine and mask mandates at a rally in Fresno in late August. "When I become governor, assuming there are still mandates for vaccines and mandates for face masks, they will be repealed before I have my first cup of tea," he said at the rally, prompting the crowd to roar with applause.
Elder has openly rejected coronavirus health measures, even claiming in an interview with CNN on Aug. 31 that science does not suggest that young people should receive vaccines and wear masks in schools.
Part of Newsom's newest strategy aims to capitalize on Elder's opposition to coronavirus health measures, which has encouraged Democrats to take action and vote in the recall, Schnur said.
"One of the ways for a campaign to motivate voters is to tell them very scary and alarming things about the opposition," Schnur said. "And Larry Elder is perfect for this. If he didn't exist, Gavin Newsom would have probably wanted to invent him."
Aside from warning voters about his Republican challengers, the governor has spent the closing weeks of his campaign touting his own efforts to combat the coronavirus in recent months.
"California has among the lowest [Covid] case rates in America, and among the highest vaccination rates in America, because we believe in science, we believe in public health. We're not ideological, we're open to argument and interested in evidence," the governor said at a rally in San Leandro alongside Vice President Kamala Harris Wednesday.
PPIC President Mark Baldassare suggests that Newsom's response to the coronavirus may be another one of his strengths in the recall election that could drive Democratic turnout.
Approximately 6 in 10 Californians and likely voters approve of the way Newsom has handled the coronavirus pandemic, according to the September PPIC survey. And more than 3 in 4 Californians think the state government is doing an "excellent or good job" at distributing Covid-19 vaccines.
"The message around Covid, and the importance of keeping the governor to keep these efforts ongoing around Covid, which is viewed as the number one issue in California, is something that is motivating Democratic voters in these in these final days," Baldassare said.
Source : https://www.cnbc.com/2021/09/13/california-recall-gov-gavin-newsom-on-the-road-to-victory.html417