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Despite the fact that Larry Elder is to the right of most Californians on many issues, it's Larry Elder approach to the pandemic that has helped Gavin Newsom more than anything, gavin Newsom isn't just running against Larry Elder and Donald Trump ; Gavin Newsom's running against Greg Abbott and Ron DeSantis. Gavin Newsom's framed this as a choice not just between two candidates but between two very different approaches the states have taken in response to the pandemic.
That was a very tough hill to climb in deep-blue California, even in a general election campaign, she'd be talking to a much more ideologically diverse electorate. Whether in a primary or a general election, she's certainly going to face very difficult questions about her record at Hewlett-Packard, but a national electorate might not be as predisposed to reject her argument.