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‘We’re in a really good place,’ Newsom says as recall looms

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09.09.2021

SAN FRANCISCO — Gavin Newsom is feeling good.

The California governor spent weeks warning of the mortal danger posed by the GOP-driven recall election. He whipped Democrats into a tizzy over turnout worries. He called in Joe Biden, Kamala Harris and even Barack Obama to help.

Now, with the big vote just days away, Newsom seems more relaxed — more confident. Back in the confines of the San Francisco Mission District neighborhood that helped launch his career in the days before tech giants had taken over the city, he let himself admit that things — for once — are trending in his direction.

“I’ve been out in every part of the state, and you sort of feel, you don’t intellectualize, you feel where you are, you get a sense,” Newsom said during a wide-ranging interview with POLITICO. “And I feel like we’re in a really good place right now.”

He has reason to feel that way: Poll after poll in recent days say he’s going to win. The recall to defeat him will go down by double digits. His message to Democrats — don’t even bother picking a candidate to replace him — seems to have sunk in.

The Republican outrage over his pandemic restrictions, the ill-timed dinner party at the elite French Laundry restaurant, all the ugly moments that got him here seems to be fading. At least that’s what he thinks.

The governor spoke freely about his campaign in a warehouse at the Mission Language and Vocational School, the “city hall” of the heavily Latino district that provides meals, legal aid and other support to........

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