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Polls Show Caitlyn Jenner With Slim Support in Recall Race

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Caitlyn Jenner has seen slim support so far in the California governor recall race. Ken Bastida reports on how she's trying to change that. (6-10-21)

Video Transcript

ELIZABETH COOK: Caitlyn Jenner has slim support so far in the California's recall race. KPIX 5's Ken Bastida is here with how she's trying to change that. Ken?

KEN BASTIDA: Yeah, Elizabeth, Allen. The former Olympian, reality star, and transgender activist is promising to get tough on what she calls the real issues in California, especially immigration.

CAITLYN JENNER: As governor, I would first close the southern border. I would on all state lands finish the border-- the border wall, do what I would call the best job we can do in protecting our eastern front.

KEN BASTIDA: Speaking on ABC's "The View," Caitlyn Jenner said it's time to crack down on illegal immigration, calling it a burden on California taxpayers and businesses. When asked about her stance on transgender athlete bans proposed in other states, she sidestepped a bit, calling it a "very small issue" here.

And when asked if she believes that Joe Biden was not elected president, she diverted again, saying Donald Trump did some good things, and she liked that he was a disruptor. Jenner is running as a conservative in California's recall race, something USF professor of politics James Taylor calls a mismatch.

JAMES TAYLOR: If Caitlyn Jenner were running as an LGBTQI candidate, Independent, or from a, you know, Democratic standpoint, you would definitely have a ready base of support. In the conservative column, you don't really have that.

KEN BASTIDA: Taylor says California has no problem with celebrities in politics, having had governors Reagan and Schwarzenegger in the past. But this time--

JAMES TAYLOR: Caitlyn Jenner's type of celebrity is unpopular celebrity, and I think that hurts. It's-- you know, most people will not admit that they watch the Kardashians.

KEN BASTIDA: Schwarzenegger had much more support ahead of the governor's race back in 2003, 31% over Jenner's current 6% in a recent UC Berkeley/"LA Times" poll.

And right now, leading the recall field are Kevin Faulconer-- the former mayor of San Diego-- and businessman John Cox, who lost to Newsom back in 2018. But even they have only 22% support apiece in the most recent poll. Liz?