Reelected California Gov. Newsom Could Challenge Biden

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At a glance

  • California Gov. Gavin Newsom won his re-election race against state Sen. Brian Dahle, R-Bieber, Tuesday evening shortly after polls closed.
  • The incumbent governor was in a comfortable position after fending off a recall last year, with 62% of voters opting to keep him in office during the 2021 special election. Newsom spent much of this fall’s campaign season stumping for other Democratic candidates and causes, including a ballot proposition to add the right to an abortion to California’s constitution.
  • His actions, which have grabbed the attention of Democrats and Republicans across the country, have been largely perceived as a preliminary tryout for the White House.

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