Gov. Gavin Newsom Prevails In California Recall Election

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The state’s Democratic governor has survived a Republican-led attempt to remove him from office a year ago.

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom (d) prevailed in the state remember the electionPredictions show, winning and defending the biggest battle of his political career so far Democratic Party From a dangerous ripple effect.

In a speech to supporters Tuesday night, Newsom thanked Californians for rejecting the effort to recall.

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“I want to focus on what we said yes to as a state,” Newsom said of the election results. “We said yes to science. We said yes to vaccines. We said yes to end this pandemic. We said yes to people’s right to vote without fear of bogus fraud or voter suppression. We said yes to women We said yes to diversity. We said yes to inclusion.”

vote Suggestions in the final weeks before the September 14 election that a Republican-led effort to bring him back would fail, largely attributable to increased enthusiasm from Democratic voters. Voting in previous months showed a tight race and strong Republican turnout, leaving Newsom’s supporters on the sidelines, even as the numbers shifted in their favor.

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The ballot asked voters two questions: Do you want to recall Newsom? And, if he is recalled, who should replace him among the more than 40 other candidates? It seemed easy enough, but the arrangement made the prospect of a competing candidate with little help to become the new governor of California.

If more than 50% of the voters had answered “yes” to the first question, whichever candidate had the most support in the second question would have taken his place. If that were the case, a candidate with at least 20% voter support could become the leader of California, even if 50% of voters wanted to retain Newsom.


His most formidable opponent was Larry Elder, a conservative radio host who supports former President Donald Trump, denies humanity’s role in climate change, believes abortion is “murder”, all because of COVID- 19 wants to end the public health mandate and is under police investigation domestic violence allegations by his ex-fiancé.

Elder’s idea of ​​climbing to the top job in deep blue California, where Only 24% of registered voters identify as Republican, was unimaginable to many. But Elder lay claim to the state’s red pockets in pre-election polls, burying reality TV star Caitlyn Jenner, moderate Republican Kevin Faulkner, businessman John Cox and others. In early September, five thirty eightElder’s consolidated average was 23.5%.

Newsom Could Have Lost to a Republican Major Impacts Beyond California. Although Democrats have a veto-proof majority in the state’s legislature, Republicans can have an impact on the makeup of the US Senate when it comes to state laws, limiting the governor’s power.

If Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-Cal.), the oldest member of the Senate at age 88, retires or dies before her term ends, the governor will name her successor. A Republican would apparently name someone from his own party, leaving behind the Democrats’ razor-thin majority in the Senate and handing control back to the GOP.

Remember the rally of supporters in Santa Clarita in August.


A successful recall of Newsom could spur similar efforts in 18 other states that allow recalls of public officials, although the bar for recalls on the ballot is much higher in most other states. In California, recall supporters are required to collect signatures from 12% of the number of voters in the last election for governor, which is a shame for the 1.5 million people running for this race. Most other states that allow recalls require roughly double that percentage.

The organizers of the recall against him also benefited from a 120-day extension of the normally 160-day sign-collection period in November by a judge who said it would make it “virtually, if not really impossible” for them. So without the extra time it was enough to look for the signature. during the pandemic.

That extra time allowed Newsom’s opponents to capitalize on a weaker period for governor. Newsom was suffering from a major drop in its popularity as frustration grew over school and business closures related to the pandemic, prompting the recall movement. And in an incident that could dog him for years to come, he was photographed dining in a semi-enclosed restaurant space At the Ultra-Exclusive French Laundry in Napa CountyWith a dozen guests from several homes in November, no less. Newsom apologized, saying the outing violated the spirit of his own COVID-19 safety rules.

With a victory in Tuesday’s election, Newsom now faces a challenge ahead: putting a recall election stain behind him as he moves forward with his political aspirations. It’s an open secret that Newsom has his eyes set on a higher political office, but he must first go through next year’s gubernatorial election.

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