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Grenell still interested in California recall bid

Grenell still interested in California recall bid
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Former acting Director of National Intelligence Richard GrenellRichard GrenellGrenell still interested in California recall bid Cleveland businessman jumps into Ohio Senate race: Trump 'victories' need to be protected Tanden withdraws nomination as Biden budget chief MORE said he is still interested in running in a recall election against California Gov. Gavin NewsomGavin Newsom'Aggressive individual' arrested after interaction with Newsom California grid operator calls on residents to conserve electricity amid heat wave California hydroelectric plant expected to shut down for the first time in 50 years MORE (D) as the GOP field in the race begins to balloon.

"I have until about August or September to figure that out," Grenell said in an appearance on Fox News on Tuesday evening when asked if he was jumping into the race. "We're considering it. My criteria is just looking at the long term: How do you fix this for the long term? How do you make sure it's not just a flash in the pan?"

"I want to do to California what Stacey Abrams did to Georgia, and I think it's going to take about four years," he added, referencing Georgia voting rights activist Stacey Abrams, who is widely credited with helping deliver Georgia for President BidenJoe BidenObama: Ensuring democracy 'continues to work effectively' keeps me 'up at night' New Jersey landlords prohibited from asking potential tenants about criminal records Overnight Defense: Pentagon pulling some air defense assets from Middle East | Dems introduce resolution apologizing to LGBT community for discrimination | White House denies pausing military aid package to Ukraine MORE and helping flip the state’s two Senate seats.

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Grenell, who served in the Trump administration, first teased a run in February, though he has remained quiet on a possible bid since then.

In the ensuing months, the GOP field in the recall election has mushroomed. Among the Republicans running in the race to replace Newsom are reality TV star Caitlyn Jenner, former San Diego Mayor Kevin FaulconerKevin Faulconer'Aggressive individual' arrested after interaction with Newsom California recall to cost taxpayers 5 million California state workers union donating M to help Newsom fight recall MORE, former Rep. Doug Ose and businessman John Cox.

Virtually anyone can jump into the recall election given California’s low barrier for entry, though Republicans have struggled to find a candidate that observers think can break out of the pack. 

Recall supporters have already submitted enough signatures to trigger an election, but polls show Newsom remains in a strong position heading into the challenge.

A poll released Tuesday found that 49 percent of voters oppose recalling Newsom, while 36 percent support his ouster, an improvement for the governor from the same poll in January.