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Roundtable: California Recall Race Tightens

In this July 13, 2021, file photo, conservative radio talk show host Larry El...

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Above: In this July 13, 2021, file photo, conservative radio talk show host Larry Elder speaks to supporters during a campaign stop in Norwalk, Calif.

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New polling shows a tightening recall race for governor, exploring political extremism in east county, and an update on the COVID-19 situation in San Diego.

Aired: July 30, 2021 | Transcript

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Katie Orr, politics and government reporter, KQED

Andrew Dyer, reporter, The San Diego Union-Tribune

Jonathan Wosen, biotech reporter, The San Diego Union-Tribune

KPBS Roundtable airs on Fridays at 12:30 p.m. on KPBS Radio.

What’s The Latest With The Recall?

A new poll out this week shows the recall might not be such an easy climb for California Governor Gavin Newsom. UC Berkeley's Institute of Governmental Studies found, among those who are most likely to participate, a slim majority want Newsom to stay in office. Even so, there is no clear front-runner in the field of Republican candidates, with talk radio host Larry Elder edging out John Cox and former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer.

RELATED: California Recall Candidate Kevin Faulconer Wants To Tackle Homelessness. What Did He Do As San Diego’s Mayor?

Far-Right Groups In East County

Recall candidate Larry Elder was in El Cajon last weekend, where dueling groups of protesters engaged in some violent confrontations. It’s the latest in a string of incidents over the past year involving small, locally organized far-right groups who feel emboldened to take public action. In this latest case, there are questions whether a group known as Exiled Patriots communicated with local police and event organizers in advance.

RELATED: San Diego’s Connection With White Extremism And One America News Network

Here Come The Masks Again

From the White House to local colleges, we’re seeing a flurry of moves that might make the wearing of protective face coverings more commonplace as communities try to deal with the surging COVID-19 delta variant, which was first detected in India. Even those who are fully vaccinated are being asked to mask up in indoor settings. New CDC data show even vaccinated people can become infected and transmit the virus to others. Despite that, the surge in new infections and hospitalizations is largely affecting those who have not received a COVID-19 vaccine. The San Diego Union-Tribune biotech reporter Jonathan Wosen updates us on the evolving situation in San Diego.

RELATED: San Diego-Area Marine Bases To Require Face Masks Indoors

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