Despite concern over crime, housing and mask mandate, Biden warns too much is at stake to let "Trump clone" replace governor

California voters go to the polls today to decide if they want to recall Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom, or replace him, most likely with conservative talk radio host Larry Elder, as President Biden warned that the outcome of the contest could shape the country’s direction on the pandemic, reproductive rights and the battle to slow climate change.

The Democrat who defeated Republican President Donald Trump less than a year ago said that the issues that defined the 2020 race had been resurrected in California, with potentially disastrous results if Newsom is removed in the election that ends Tuesday. Some voters fault Newsom for rising crime, homelessness and house prices, and his efforts to stop the spread of Covid with a mask mandate.

Speaking to hundreds of cheering supporters during a twilight rally in the coastal city of Long Beach, south of Los Angeles, Biden referred to the leading Republican candidate Larry Elder as “the clone of Donald Trump.”

“You can’t let that happen. There is too much at stake,” said Biden. Before the polls opened, Elder’s campaign aired ads claiming its own candidate had lost and that the election had been stolen.

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