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Election Depicts Two Californias: Rising Star Or Catastrophe

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Candidates in the recall election that could remove Gov. Gavin Newsom are sketching starkly different visions of California. The Democratic governor celebrated his new budget at a Los Angeles ceremony where he described California as a nation-leading powerhouse emerging from the pandemic. But his Republican rivals depict California as a failed state with Newsom as its incompetent leader. Newsom could be removed from office in the Sept. 14 election. At a rally in the Los Angeles suburbs, Republican Larry Elder blamed Newsom for school lockdowns that he said traumatized many students and young athletes.