OAKLAND — Vice President Kamala Harris will hit the California campaign trail to rally Democrats against recalling Gov. Gavin Newsom.
Harris plans to swing through the Bay Area next Friday, according to Newsom's campaign, returning to her political home turf in the vital final weeks of the recall race.
“I am excited to join my friend and our Vice President next week,” Newsom said in a statement. “The stakes of this election couldn't be higher.”
While Newsom has sought to frame the recall campaign as part of a national political struggle, enlisting prominent Democrats like Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) to get out the vote, the Biden administration had largely stayed on the sidelines beyond brief affirmations of support for Newsom.
That began to shift last week when President Joe Biden released a lengthy statement rallying to Newsom's defense. Now Harris' intercession will solidify the White House's public backing for Newsom.
A visit by Harris could also help rally California Democrats to fill out their ballots, particularly the critical Democratic voting bloc of women of color. While Harris' poll numbers have slipped in recent months, she retains deep support in the Bay Area, where she launched her political career as a prosecutor.
With millions of mail ballots now in voters' hands, Newsom's campaign has shifted to a turn-out-the-vote strategy that seeks to galvanize Democrats in the face of soaring Republican enthusiasm. Voters have weeks to fill out and return their ballots through a Sept. 14 election date.
Recent polls have shown Newsom narrowly defeating the recall, but much depends on turnout. Leading GOP candidate Larry Elder has begun to get attacked by fellow Republicans and faced explosive revelations about his past.
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