4. Gavin Newsom
Newsom has had a lot to contend with in the last few years as he faced criticism for his personal behavior and leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic while serving as the 40th Governor of California. This prompted a recall election in 2021 to remove him from office. This failed as Newsom easily won as 61.88 percent of the voters of California wanted him to stay.
Newsom knows how to win and win big. Elected as the 42nd mayor of San Francisco in 2003 at just 36 years old, when it came to his reelection in 2007, he would win by securing a staggering 72% of the vote. Newsom himself hasn’t come out and stated that he plans to run for the White House, but his recent actions suggest otherwise. He released an advert that took direct aim at Republican presidential hopeful Ron DeSantis which suggested to many political observers that Newsom sees DeSantis as his likely rival in 2024, so he’s getting a few early blows in.