California

Republicans are hoping to rekindle the spirit of 2003 to oust Gov. Gavin Newsom.

If a majority of voters vote to recall California Gov. Gavin Newsom, the question will shift to who should fill out the final year-plus of his term. | Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

By NICK NIEDZWIADEK

09/06/2021 04:00 AM EDT

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California is less than two weeks away from the second recall election in state history, and the fate of Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom is hardly certain.

The contest presents Republicans’ best shot in a decade to seize back some control of Sacramento after being shut out of state office since Arnold Schwarzenegger left office in 2011.

The off-year race has generated a ton of intrigue and spectacle on the part of the 45 active candidates seeking to replace Newsom, and the governor’s every move in the past several months has been scrutinized through the lens of its effect on his chances of survival.

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