Gavin Newsom fends off recall effort and remains governor of California

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California Governor Gavin Newsom will remain in office after canceling a historic recall election that challenged the handling of the coronavirus pandemic and largely changed the political balance of the state and the country.

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The special election results were called by US television networks and the Associated Press as of late Tuesday, with early results showing Mr Newsom easily garnered a majority from voters.

“I am grateful and grateful to the millions and millions of Californians who exercised their fundamental right to vote,” Mr. Newsom said in a victory speech in the state capital, Sacramento.

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The governor defeated a field of more than 80 candidates in the recall, only second in state history, including provocative conservative radio host Larry Elder, who became the leading challenger late in the race.

Taking a page from Donald Trump’s book, the Elder Campaign begins unfoundedly asserted that the competition was rigged Before the counting of votes was even over.

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The campaign set up an online forum where Californians could report incidents of alleged fraud, and also claimed that they had “detected fraud” in the election “resulting in the reinstatement of Governor Gavin Newsom as governor.” done”, even though the vote total had not yet been publicly announced.

Mr Trump scheming joined the heap, claiming on Monday without evidence that “millions and millions of mail-in ballots will make it no different from the 2020 presidential election scam, but less obvious, another huge election scam!”

Despite a volatile month of August, where “yes” and “no” recall votes were turned out almost equally, the governor was expected to cruise to an easy victory and come up with a predictable margin of victory in Tuesday’s election. . more than 15 percent. A group of high-profile aides including President Biden, Vice President Harris, and US Senators Amy Klobuchar and Elizabeth Warren also joined the governor in California for last-minute campaign support.

Efforts to recall Mr Newsom, the liberal former mayor of San Francisco, began almost immediately when he took office as governor in 2019, though none of the campaigns from pro-Trump groups succeeded in garnering a large statewide following.

The governor had widespread support across the state at the start of the pandemic, earning praise for being The first state in the country to order a lockdown and claimed a 64 percent approval rating in September of 2020.

Newsom food without a mask at the birthday party of a lobbyist friend’s birthday party at The French Laundry, a luxury restaurant in Napa, took a toll on things dramatically, even as pictures of Mr. Many businesses remained closed or restricted. (The governor has since apologized.)

their support fell less than half In the manner of a few weeks of the state. The recall campaign, led by a former Yolo County sheriff’s sergeant named Orrin Heatley, was winded up suddenly, and in short order garnered a total of 1.7 million signatures.

Republicans, including former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulkner, came out of the woodwork to challenge Mr. Newsom’s grip on the dark blue state; John Cox, a San Diego businessman; and Caitlyn Jenner, reality TV personality and former Olympic athlete.

Political insiders pointed out that none of them, especially with the rise of Mr. Elder, had much to win in a crowded field. Granthshala. The state has become even more democratic since voters recalled Democrat Gray Davis in 2003 in favor of Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger.

“Part of the challenge for Republicans for decades at this point is that none of them have been provided with a platform to create statewide name ID and recognition,” said Jason Roe, a Republican adviser who was previously a Republican in San Diego. Worked for Mayor Kevin Faulkner, said before the election.

The governor framed the recall effort, which rose to prominence over US politics as part of a larger struggle against right-wing ideology, for riding waves of outrage over coronavirus shutdown measures.

“We beat Trump last year, and thank you, but we didn’t beat Trumpism,” Governor said Several times during the last phase of his recall campaign. “It’s a matter of life and death.”

If Mr Newsom had lost it would have been a major blow to the Democratic state at large, and potentially alter the balance of the US Senate if one of California’s senators resigned and a temporary successor was appointed by the governor. Gaya.

Political observers were also concerned that other candidates like Mr. Elder seemed to be copying former President Trump’s strategy of sowing doubts on the integrity of the election system in order to cover up obvious losses in the polls.

“It’s really becoming the standard GOP playbook,” said Lee Drutman, a senior fellow at the New America think tank that studies democracy. told NBC News. “This is democracy 101. If you don’t have elections that are acceptable and decisive, you don’t really have democracy, because the alternative is violence or authoritarianism.”

Mr Newsom will not have much time to rest, although he is set to be re-elected in 2022.

Credit: www.independent.co.uk / California

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