Effort to recall Sen. Josh Newman faces obstacle course – Orange County Register

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The effort to recall state Sen. Josh Newman and break Democrats’ legislative supermajority has spurred the Fullerton lawmaker and his allies to mount a tooth-and-nail defense, including a blitz of mail, online and cable TV ads urging those who signed recall petitions to withdraw their names and block the recall from reaching the ballot.

A total of 70,678 petition signatures have been validated with 1,706 left to inspect, according to elections officials responsible for a Senate district that straddles the Orange-Los Angeles-San Bernardino County lines. That easily meets the 63,593 signatures required for the recall — provided those rescinding their names don’t pull the total below the threshold.

But that’s an uphill battle for Newman. Since the start date for withdrawing signatures on Aug. 24, about 2,400 voters had filled out cards to remove their names. Newman has until Oct. 10 to reach the total of more than 7,000 necessary to block the recall election.

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