California Recall Now a Dead Heat, Larry Elder Emerges as Frontrunner in Race to Recall Newsom

State   |   Scott Whitlock   |   Jul 28, 2021   |   2:43PM   |   Sacramento, California

According to Real Clear Politics, a “perfect storm” is brewing in California that could dramatically turn liberal Governor Gavin Newsom out of office in a recall election. But on the networks, you wouldn’t know that the polls have tightened yet again. ABC, CBS and NBC on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning ignored a brand new Los Angeles Times/UC Berkeley poll showing the “yes to recall” sentiment has risen to its highest level.

Fox News on Wednesday covered the big news as host Bill Hemmer explained, “It is getting very interesting in California. New poll shows the radio host Larry Elder emerging as the Republican frontrunner in a race to recall the Democratic governor Gavin Newsom and strong support for ousting the Democrat. Here are the numbers: Forty seven percent  of likely voters back the effort. Fifty percent are against it.

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Considering that the amount of people who support the recall has risen from 36, to 40, to 43, to now 47, this is a real trend. Yet, the networks are burying the story. On Fox, Real Clear Politics founder Tom Bevan called it a brewing “perfect storm.”

Shaping up to be potentially a perfect storm against Gavin Newsom. Republicans only a quarter of the state’s voters, Democrats are almost 50 percent. Republicans are way more energized to turn out and vote to recall the governor and this race is going to take place on September 14th. That’s a week after Labor Day. So if Democrats do not turn out and Republicans do, it could be a situation all they need is 50 plus one to get Gavin Newsom out of office.

On March 17, CBS This Morning DID notice the recall as the signature effort surged past 1.5 million. But reporter Carter Evans fretted to one of the recall leaders: “Is there a concern that this recall is being hijacked solely to get a Republican in office in a fairly Democratic state?”

On April 27, ABC’s Good Morning America echoed a similar theme as Matt Gutman worried, “This morning, California’s Governor Gavin Newsom facing that Republican-led effort to oust him from office.”

Recall day is on September 14. The networks should be forced to cover this important story as the race continues to tighten.

The censoring of the California recall was sponsored on ABC’s Good Morning America by Carmax, on CBS This Morning by Hyundai, on NBC’s Today by Jeep. Click on the links to let them know what you think. Note: Scott Whitlock is a news analyst for the Media Research Center and a contributing writer to NewsBusters, its blog where this item first appeared. Scott’s blogs have been featured in the “Inside Politics” section of the Washington Times and linked to on the Drudge Report. He is a graduate of George Mason University. This originally appeared at Newsbusters.