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Biden endorses Gov. Newsom as Calif. recall worries Dems

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US President Joe Biden speaks as California Governor Gavin Newsom. on a screen, looks on during a meeting with state governors on wildfire prevention and preparedness in the South Court Auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, next to the White House, in Washington, DC on July 30, 2021. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP) (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)

US President Joe Biden speaks as California Governor Gavin Newsom. on a screen, looks on during a meeting with state governors on wildfire prevention and preparedness in the South Court Auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, next to the White House, in Washington, DC on July 30, 2021. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP) (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)

Joe Biden speaks as California Gov. Gavin Newsom, on a screen, looks on during a meeting with state governors on wildfire prevention and preparedness in the South Court Auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, next to the White House, in Washington, D.C. on July 30, 2021. (MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)

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UPDATED 1:01 PM PT – Friday, August 13, 2021

Joe Biden gave his endorsement to Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-Calif.) as the embattled California governor continues his fight to stay in office. In a tweet on Thursday, Biden urged voters to “keep Newsom on the job and vote no on the recall.”

This was his first public involvement in the recall, and White House officials suggested both he and Kamala Harris could make in-person campaign stops to support Newsom as the race tightens in the final weeks. However, just one day earlier, Press Secretary Jen Psaki said Biden had no plans to get involved in the race.

Some analysts said they believe this marks a significant reversal from Democrats’ hands-off approach toward the recall efforts, possibly signaling party leaders may be growing worried. Additionally, recent polls showed a near 50-50 split within the margin of error, with half of likely voters wanting to oust Newsom.

Meanwhile, California’s gubernatorial recall election is slated for Sept. 14.

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