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California governor recall fails, but scrutiny on Feinstein could be lasting

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JTA — Democratic California Gov. Gavin Newsom easily survived a recall election on Tuesday, putting to end the possibility that a right-wing Republican could take over as the state’s top executive.

But one effect of the bruising political fight appears likely to endure: scrutiny over whether America’s first Jewish woman senator is still fit to serve.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s name was not on the ballot, but in some ways the election was about who should replace her.

Feinstein is 88 and, according to some reports, increasingly infirm. Her current term extends until 2024, but if she is unable to complete it, the state’s governor would pick her replacement.

That made the recall mechanism an attractive tool for Republicans who would like to see the currently divided Senate swing to Republican control.

California law gives citizens the right to recall their governors — and mandates that if a majority of voters back recall, the top vote-getter in a simultaneous election is the replacement.

There were dozens of candidates on the ballot on Tuesday, but many Republicans threw their efforts behind Larry Elder, a talk........

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