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Democrats see political support for Covid mandates in California

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WASHINGTON — Democrats from President Joe Biden to city council members have faced intense backlash to Covid-19 mask and vaccine mandates. But fresh off his lopsided victory this week, California Gov. Gavin Newsom has a message for his party: Suck it up.

Heading into next year’s midterm elections, when Democrats will have to defend their razor-thin majorities in Congress, Newsom and others in the party argue the results in California, where Tuesday’s recall election sometimes felt like a referendum on coronavirus mandates, show they are not only good policy, but also good politics.

Democrats need to “stiffen our spines” and ignore the backlash from a vocal minority, Newsom told CBS this week.

“It’s the right thing to do, but it’s also a motivating factor in this election,” he said. “This was an odd-year, off-month election and the turnout was off the charts because people were motivated because they understood what was at stake. The consequences…

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