LOS ANGELES – California voters have rejected a move to oust their governor in a recall election that is rarely used direct democracy in some 20 US states.
As vote counting continued on Wednesday, nearly two-thirds of voters rejected the recall attempt, and Governor Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, turned back 46 challengers in an election where former President Donald Trump was an overlook. were players.
Democrats urged a “no” vote on the recall, but Newsom said at a victory ceremony Tuesday night that the result was an affirmation of his and his party’s values.
“We said yes to science. We said yes to vaccines. We said yes to end this pandemic.
Newsom’s chief challenger, conservative radio host Larry Elder, a Republican, said COVID-19 precautions like masks and vaccines should be voluntary and not mandated by politicians. That scene upset voter Alice Frankston.
“COVID is quite real, and we’re not done with it yet, and we need to keep fighting,” she said after voting “no” on the Granthshala’s recall.
As early voting got underway on Monday, President Joe Biden campaigned against Recall and Elder in California.
“He’s a clone of Donald Trump,” Biden said of Elder at a Newsom rally in Long Beach. “Can you imagine that he is the governor of this state?” The partisan crowd shouted, “No.”
Larry Sabato, director of the Center for Politics at the University of Virginia, said that for Democrats, Trump’s dislike became a powerful motivator in the recall of voting.
“I think the California results prove that Donald Trump is still toxic to Democrats, and using Trump as a campaign issue will generate a lot of Democratic votes,” he said.
But Democrats were worried, as Republicans rallied around Elder on dozens of rival candidates, said analyst Shannon Bo O’Brien.
“They brought in big-name National Democrats to rally the troops. I think they betrayed that they considered it a serious threat,” said O’Brien, an associate professor of government at the University of Texas at Austin.
In addition to showing Biden, Democrats aired anti-recall ads featuring prominent party figures, including US Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.
Some ongoing issues hurt Newsom, including California’s high crime rate and rising homelessness, which prompted voters like Roger Neal to support the recall.
“I’ve lived in Southern California for 40 years … and I think we need new leadership,” he said.
Newsom, the former San Francisco mayor and former lieutenant governor, will face voters again next year in a regular election for a second four-year term. The Elder admitted defeat on Tuesday, telling supporters and journalists that the fight was not over.
“We believe that we lost the battle, but we are definitely going to win the war,” he said.
This a tough fight. Nearly half of California voters are registered as Democrats, while less than one-quarter of voters are registered as Republicans.
And California’s Republican Party is moving away from liberal voters, Sabato said.
“What we’re seeing here is a party that has gone to Trump and to the right that they can’t win a statewide election in California,” he said.
Khristna Shevchenko of the Granthshala’s Ukrainian Service contributed to this report.