California Gov. Gavin Newsom was facci ng a close race. Then Larry Elder arrived. The pandemic was at the top of voters' concerns, according to a California exit poll conducted for CNN and other news networks by Edison Research, with about a third saying it This was the biggest problem for the state. And there was broad support for Covid mitigation measures, with around 70% of voters supporting school mask requirements and more than 6 in 10 saying getting vaccinated is more of a responsibility of public health as a personal choice. Voters, said Turner, Don't anyone who's serious about taking this thing head on. The question is how much to extends outside of blue states like California. A CNN poll released on Monday found Americans increasingly supportive to immunization mandates for workers, students, and the everyday public, with more than half of Americans saying they support the requirement for vaccinations for office workers returning to the workplace (54% ), students attending in-person classes (55%), and clients attending sporting events or concerts (55%). , who announced his campaign in mid-July, allowed Newsom to tell anyone who wanted to hear him that the Republican was Trump's California iteration. Newsom also argued that the sElder's continued success, as one of the most Trump-aligned candidates in the race to replace him, proved Trump's resistance within the party. Until it turned into a race one-on-one, Newsom was clearly in trouble said Rob Stutzman, a Republican agent who worked for former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger , the last Republican candidate to successfully recall a Democratic Governor of California. What saved him is a standard question, Republican MAGA, rising to the rescue. ... (Newsom's strategy) is working, but Republicans must oblige by putting forward candidates who fit the cartoon.