The California gubernatorial recall is officially on the 2021 calendar — but it’s happening far sooner than anyone expected.

In just over two months, Golden State voters will be asked whether or not they want to keep or remove Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom from office. The September 14 recall was set last week by Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis. The earlier-than-anticipated date was made possible by the Democratic state legislature repealing a 30-day review of the election costs and budgeting $250 million for the recall, which Newsom naturally eagerly signed.

With the governor on an upswing over the past few months with much of the state reopening and the economy rebounding from COVID lockdowns, Democrats were understandably eager to have him face voters sooner rather than later. Even Republicans admit the earlier date hampers their already long-shot effort to oust Newsom in the state’s second-ever recall election. And in reality, the election will begin even sooner than that. Since it’s being conducted via all-mail -- with ballots going out to every registered voter, as they did in

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