Marysville Appeal-Democrat

Newsom seizes on fight over abortion as a key part of reelection

- Tribune News Service Los Angeles Times

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Two days after kicking off his reelection campaign, Gov. Gavin Newsom replaced his opening upbeat message about California with a dire warning that his highest-profile Republican opponent “stands with Donald Trump” and “wants to roll back abortion rights.”

It’s a pivot to a familiar strategy for the Democratic governor.

Newsom released the new 30-second ad

Wednesday, one day after the U.S. Supreme Court confirmed a draft opinion was leaked that, if signed by five justices, would rescind existing federal legal protection­s for women seeking abortions. The news quickly catapulted reproducti­ve rights to the top of the list of key issues in midterm elections around the country and Newsom’s reelection campaign for a second and final four-year term in office.

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