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California Gov. Gavin Newsom will continue to run the nation’s most populous state.

Most Californians have not voted against Newsom’s removal from office in the Democratic governor’s recall election Tuesday, the Associated Press projects.

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Newsom, who was heavily elected governor in 2018 in the heavily blue state, is facing a recall drive last year primarily over allegations he mishandled his state’s response to the coronavirus, a It was the worst pandemic to strike the world in a century.

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Ballots were sent to California’s estimated 22 million registered voters last month and needed to be postmarked or handed over at 8 p.m. PT, until voting closes.

For up-to-the-minute results, check out this map, which will be updated overnight. App Users: Click here.

Voters were asked two questions on the Newsom recall ballot.

The first question was whether the Governor should be removed from office. If more than 50% support the removal of Newsom, the second question provides a list of candidates running to replace the governor. If the governor had been recalled, the candidate with the most votes on the second question—whether a majority or only a small majority—would have replaced Newsom.

At a stop Tuesday afternoon at a union hall in San Francisco, the governor defended his actions combating the COVID crisis and told supporters that “we can’t let that progress stop. We’re going to save the economy, not just our public health.” Can’t allow this to happen. Affected by a wrong decision tonight.”

California recall election: Everything you need to know

The recall push was launched in June 2020 after many Californians expressed frustration over the governor’s restrictive response to the coronavirus. The effort was fueled by the state’s COVID restrictions on businesses and houses of worship, school closures and even protests against the state’s higher taxes.

The recall drive escalated last autumn after Newsom ate at an uber-exclusive restaurant, which – at best – bypassed rules imposed by the governor to curb the spread of the coronavirus. The governor’s actions were widely regarded as heretical and the optics left Newsom out of touch when many Californians were struggling.

State election officials announced in April that the recall effort had elicited more than the nearly 1.5 million valid signatures needed to form the ballot (the equivalent of 12% of the vote in the 2018 California gubernatorial election).

California’s lieutenant governor announced in early July that the recall election would take place on September 14. And the state’s Treasury Department estimated that it would cost $276 million to hold the election.

Click here for the latest results tonight in the California recall election of Gavin Newsom

Newsom and his political team and allies attempted to nationalize the recall drive over the summer by marking the Republican “power grab.” Over the past few months the governor has turned to famous and influential Democrats and progressives — including Vice President Kamala Harris, a former U.S. senator and state attorney general in California, former President Obama, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, and Sen. Elizabeth. Warren of Massachusetts – To help inform and inspire California Democrats to vote.

The effort culminated with an election eve rally in the Southern California city of Long Beach with the biggest Democratic surrogate – President Biden. “The eyes of the nation are on California because the decision you’re going to make is not only going to have a huge impact on California, but it’s going to resonate across the country, and quite frankly – not jokingly – around the world,” “The President insisted.

In the past two months, Newsom has also highlighted the coronavirus pandemic – the issue that sparked the recall effort last year – for touting its efforts to get Californians vaccinated and warning about morbid consequences if one Conservative Republicans switched him to the state run and quickly abolished the state vaccine. And the mask mandate.

“This election is a choice about life and death,” Newsom alleged at an event in the Bay Area with Harris last week.

Newsom Spotlights Trump As He Fights To Survive The California Recall

The governor has repeatedly targeted conservative talk radio host Larry Elder this summer, who became the front runner among 46 gubernatorial replacement candidates on the recall ballot after jumping in the race in mid-July. Newsom compared Elder to former President Trump, who is very unpopular outside his conservative base in California, a state he lost to Biden by five million votes last November.

Newsom stressed last month that “it’s important to focus on Larry” as he argued that Elder’s “in many respects even more extreme than Trump.” And the governor told a crowd at a recent rally that Trump was defeated by Biden in the November presidential election, saying, “We didn’t beat Trumpism … it’s still alive in this country.” And highlighting his fight, the governor said, “It has come to the state of California.”

Newsom’s strategy was simple—in the very blue state of California where Democrats outnumber Republicans—a state he won by 24 points as governor in 2018—he and his aides acknowledged that he had a better share of Republican voters. The contest required a strong turnout between Democrats and independents. Motivated to vote in hopes of removing the governor.

Republicans saw the recall election as their best chance to topple a politician who has never lost an election during his years as mayor of San Francisco, lieutenant governor of California, and now governor – and as of 2006 It is his first chance to win a statewide contest since his gubernatorial election victory. Then-government Arnold Schwarzenegger, a moderate Republican. Three years earlier, Democratic Governor Gray Davis became only the second governor in US history to be successfully recalled and was succeeded by Schwarzenegger, who won the recall election.

But 18 years later, history did not repeat itself, and Newsom’s efforts to save his job proved successful.