Despite the numerous claims from California Governor Gavin Newsom expressing that he will not be making a bid for the 2024 presidential office — even if President Biden fails to go after a reelection campaign — close to 70% of voters within the Golden State that were surveyed from across the political spectrum all came together to agree that he should keep his name out of the race.
When questioned for a Quinnipiac University Poll about if voters from California would like to have Newsom attempt to make a run for the White House in 2024, 7 out of 10 expressed a solid no. Among the governor’s own party, roughly 54% of the state’s Democrats stated that they do not want to see their current governor serving the nation as the commander-in-chief.
“A resounding thumbs down from the home team as California voters tell the Governor: if you have designs on the big job beyond Sacramento, we’re not on board,” explained Tim Malloy, a Quinnipiac University Polling Analyst.
After barely managing to secure his second term as California governor this past year in the wake of fighting off a grassroots recall that was led by the states citizens, Newsom stated via an interview with the outlet POLITICO that he is, in fact, “all in” when it comes to Biden securing reelection. However, it was reported by Fox News that Newsom has not actually ruled out trying to run if Biden drops out of the running.
“I’ve told everyone in the White House, from the chief of staff to the first lady,” stated Newsom.
Currently, a total of five candidates have officially filed to make the run for president with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) or have announced exploratory committees, which include former President Donald Trump, former U.N. Ambassador and South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, entrepreneur and political commentator Vivek Ramaswamy, and former Montana Secretary of State Corey Stapleton — a group all running for the Republican slot.
As a presidential candidate from 2020 and the author, Marianne Williamson has unofficially announced that she would run as a Democrat this past month.
If Newsom were to actually file with the FEC within the next few months, the governor still has well over half the state standing against him, wholly disapproving of his work as governor. As explained in the Quinnipiac poll, 44% of all Californians approve of the governor — about a 5% increase from when it was polled back in July of 2019.