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When CNN wanted to interview a journalist who knows the ins and outs of California and the Governor Newsom recall effort, they called Norberto Santana, Jr. at Voice of OC.

Santana was the featured journalist on CNN’s weekend segment discussing the Tuesday Newsom recall election.

CNN International Anchor Kim Brunhuber interviewed Santana on candidates looking to replace Newsom, the potential impact on the state’s political landscape and potential lessons for both parties from the recall.

“Some Republicans thought it might help them for next year because they’re starting to organize a lot earlier,” Santana said. “The interesting thing is that some of their establishment candidates – Kevin Faulkner out of San Diego, John Cox — may come out of this frankly a bit damaged as a brand. In the sense that they didn’t come out as the No. 1 choice of most Republicans.”

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