Gavin Newsom survives recall election in California
California Governor. Gavin Newsom was Tuesday’s second governor to win back a recall. He survived the campaign to remove him from office over his new coronavirus pandemic shut downs and the state’s many economic, environmental, and social woes.
Early results of the special election indicated that the recall question against Democratic governor was defeated, according to projections made by CNN, NBC News, and the Associated Press.
With 58% the vote counted, which includes absentee ballots and early votes, 68% voters had voted “No,” effectively saying that Mr. Newsom should remain in the governor’s mansion.
In brief remarks from Sacramento Mr. stated that he felt “humbled” and grateful for the millions of Californians who exercised their fundamental rights to vote. He also said that said that he was “humbled” and “grateful” to the fact that she decides what body with . “We said yes to diversity, we said yes to inclusion, we said yes to pluralism, we said yes to all those things that we hold dear as Californians.”
Mr. Newsom, who was elected in 2018 with 62% of the vote, outspent his competition by about 5 to 1, raising more than $70 million to defeat the 46 candidates who sought to supplant him if the recall question succeeded.
Larry Elder, a long-time Los Angeles radio host, was the leader of the challengers after he entered the race in July.
Supporters collected more than 2,000,000 signatures from Californians in order to place the recall question. This was motivated by frustration at Mr. Newsom ”s strict pandemic restrictions, and allegations of hypocrisy following his appearance at a private party at the French Laundry last year.
The recall effort was framed as a Republican recall. However, about a third (or so) of the recall petition signers were not Republicans. They also brought in top Democrats to support him ,, including President Biden, Vice President Kamala D. Harris.
About 44% of the 22 million mail-in ballots had been returned as of Tuesday night, according to Political Data Inc.’s ballot tracker.
Mr. Newsom avoided being the former California governor. Gray Davis, a Democrat was recalled in 2003, and was replaced by Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger.
The recall candidates blamed Mr. Newsom of failing to address rising crime and homelessness. Democrats, however, framed the election in a referendum against former President Trump.
We may have defeated Trump, but Trumpism remains alive in this country,” stated Mr. Newsom.
Democratic National Committee chair Jaime Harrison said the recall’s failure had national implications, calling it “a win for the bold agenda put forth by President Biden, Governor Newsom and Democrats in Congress.”
“The #CaliforniaRecallElection was not close,” tweeted Rep. Ted Lieu, California Democrat. “Trumpism was crushed in California, the fifth-largest state in America and the fifth in the world. Congratulations to @GavinNewsom California will continue to move forward under his leadership.”