Gavin Newsom warns of midterm ‘red wave’

California Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom warned Democrats that he expects a “red wave” during the midterm election, claiming that Republicans have beaten their party with better messaging.

Newsom shared the concern during an interview on CBS News on Tuesday.

Newsom’s concern

“Newsom, who has focused on trolling Republican governors in Florida and Texas rather than campaigning at home, issued his warning in an interview Tuesday with CBS News,” Breitbart News reported.

“Asked whether the election feels like a “red wave,” Newsom replied: ‘Yeah. Of course it does. And again, I’m not paid to say that, I’m paid to say, you know, [indistinguishable] — I get it. Look, I mean, I could be the cheerleader. I’m also a pragmatist. You feel it,'” it added.

Not running for president

Newsom also downplayed speculation about a potential White House run in 2024.

“It’s not my ambition,” Newsom told CBS News. “It’s not the direction that I’m leaning into. It’s not the moment.”

Newsom readily admits his party will lose on Tuesday and is clear he won’t run for anything beyond California, recognizing conservatives are making strong gains nationwide.

Regardless, he continues to push a strong liberal message on social issues, becoming the polar opposite of the current red wave nationwide.

He’ll also face strong challenges in his own state as many elections flip to Republicans in ways that will make his agenda more difficult to push in the days ahead.