Voters in the western US state of California have rejected an attempt to oust Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom.
Nearly 70% of voters voted “no” in ending Newsom’s term early, with just over 30% voting “yes,” according to data released shortly after voting closed in the big state late Tuesday.
The Associated Press, CNN and NBC News are all speculating that the recall effort has failed.
Speaking to reporters on Wednesday morning, as the results showed him to be strong, Newsom said he was humbled and grateful for the millions and millions of Californians who exercised their fundamental right to vote.
The recall was triggered by Republicans angered by Newsom’s strict COVID-19 rules, which included school closures and restrictions on small businesses such as bars and restaurants. Organizers secured enough signatures of registered voters to force a recall on the ballot.
Voter opinion polls in the days before Tuesday’s vote showed that Larry Elder, a staunchly conservative radio talk show host, was the leading candidate among the more than 40 heiress who would serve the remainder of Newsom’s term in office, starting next year. will end. .
Newsom compared the effort to recall former President Donald Trump, and in particular the appearance of Elder, to former President Donald Trump, a deeply unpopular figure among Democrats. “We defeated Donald Trump, we did not beat Trumpism. Trumpism is still alive all over the country,” the governor said.
“I want to focus on the ‘yes’ we said as a state: we said yes to science, we said yes to vaccines, we said yes to end this pandemic,” he said in his remarks. I said earlier.
Newsom is a prominent figure among national Democrats, having previously served as mayor of the city of San Francisco and lieutenant governor of California before being elected governor in 2018. He enlisted the help of several Democratic veterans in his effort to fight the recall, including: President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, a fellow Californian and former President Barack Obama.
A potential defeat in a Democrat-dominated state could signal bigger problems for Biden and congressional Democrats in next year’s midterm legislative elections.
He is the second governor of California to face a recall vote. Democrat Gray Davis was ousted for the first time in 2003 and popular Hollywood actor Arnold Schwarzenegger was installed.
Some information in this report has been received from Reuters and Associated Press.