What the Election Results Tell Us About California

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Republican influence in the state continues to weaken.

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By now, you’ve probably heard that Governor Gavin Newsom easily defeated a Republican-led effort to recall him, with a vote count this morning showing that 65 percent of Californians opposed his removal.

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Newsom’s lead was so widespread when the opening numbers were released last night that several news outlets declared the race to be over within an hour of the close of voting.

“We’re enjoying a huge ‘no’ vote tonight here in the state of California,” the governor looked weary, he told reporters in Sacramento at around 9 p.m.

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There are many facets to this election, from the need to reform California’s won recall process to the success of Democrats to electorate Donald Trump. But what is most surprising to me is what has been revealed about the dwindling power of the Republican Party in California.

The state was once a stronghold of Republicans that turned reliably red in the presidential elections. We produced Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan, who we also elected governor twice.

Yet the share of Californians who identify as Republican has dropped from 35 percent in 2003 to 24 percent now. (Meanwhile, the share of registered Democrats has increased slightly from a mere 45 percent to 46.5 percent, while the number of people with no party affiliation has increased from 16 percent to 23 percent. tendency toward democrats.)

The reason I chose the number from 2003 is because that year provided a road map for Republicans hoping to recall Newsom. In 2003, Californians voted Gray Davis, a Democrat, out of office and replaced him with Arnold Schwarzenegger, a Republican.

But in 2021, a similar feat was always a much steeper climb.

Democrats now outnumber Republicans by almost two to one.

Wagner College’s Hugh L. “When you have such a big loss, when your party is only 24 percent, you have a problem,” Joshua Spivak, senior fellow at the Kerry Institute for Government Reform, recently wrote a book on the recall. Election. “They don’t have voters.”

Furthermore, over the past 18 years, party lines have hardened. In 2003, Democrats were more inclined to criticize their party’s governor, while Schwarzenegger had cross-aisle appeal as a moderate Republican and a movie star.

“Arnold was a perfectly acceptable choice for many Dems,” said Rafael Sonnenshein, executive director of the Pat Brown Institute for Public Affairs at California State University, Los Angeles.

This year, however, Republicans failed to strike a chord with a candidate who was my colleague Jeremy W. That could appeal too far, as Peters reports.

The centrist Republican nominee on the ballot, Kevin Faulkner, has little support throughout the campaign, although he resembles the kind of moderate Republicans who have succeeded here in the past.

Meanwhile, Larry Elder, a far right conservative radio host, quickly became the most popular candidate for the recall supporters. But, as Tuesday’s results demonstrated, Elder’s appeal with Republicans didn’t translate to Democrats, who voted overwhelmingly to keep Newsom in office.

There is no clear answer as to what will be the future of the Republican Party in California. But Newsom is ready re-election in 2022, (Yes, indeed) So whatever steps the party will take will be clear soon.

for more information:

  • See how your county voted with our election tracker.

  • Newsom’s victory could be a guide for Democrats in the mid-2022 Report The Atlantic.

  • Why Was Newsom’s French Laundry Moment Such a Big Deal? Tejal Rao, our California restaurant critic, explains.


  • Booster Shots: Those seeking coronavirus booster doses, including many healthy Americans living in California, are unwilling to wait for federal approval. “Those supplements don’t last forever, so I didn’t feel any guilt about taking one that might have expired,” a woman living in Del Mar told The Times.

  • theranos testA prominent whistleblower testified Tuesday in the fraud trial of Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes.

  • Drinks to go: A bill that would allow restaurants to serve the go-to cocktail by 2026 awaits Newsom’s signature, Eater San Francisco reports.

  • Climate changePresident Biden’s visit to California and other western states this week was one last opportunity to sell the importance of mitigating global warming.

  • War Powers of the President: Barbara Lee, who represents Alameda County in Congress, spent two decades building a consensus on reining in war authorizations, which have been carried forward from her original intention. But Afghanistan’s withdrawal has complicated the debate.

Southern California

  • LAPD Vaccine Resistance: According to an investigation, about 2,300 employees of the Los Angeles Police Department have indicated that they may request a waiver of the vaccine mandate because of their religious beliefs. NBC Los Angeles. In addition, six LAPD workers are suing the city over its vaccine mandate, reports CBS News.

  • Contemporary Art Museum: The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles announced Tuesday that Johanna Burton will become the institution’s sole director and the first woman in that role.

  • urban heat island San Diego officials are identifying parts of the city where temperatures reach dangerously high levels to try to address the dangers of extreme heat, San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

  • LAPD Error: A new report from federal investigators has found that Los Angeles police miscalculated the amount of fireworks placed in a containment vessel before it exploded and caused damage in a South L.A. neighborhood in June, Los Angeles Times report.

central california

  • Ancient sequences threatened: Wildfires in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks are threatening sequoia trees, which are some of the oldest and largest trees in the world.

  • Kern County Lawsuit: Kern County sued Newsom on Monday to ban fracking, Bakersfield California Report.

Northern California

  • Mills College: One of only 37 women’s colleges in the country, Mills College will merge with a private Boston University and become “gender inclusive.” San Francisco Chronicle reports.

  • Affordable housing for teachers: Despite receiving some of the highest teacher salaries in the country, teachers in Santa Clara County have a harder time than teachers elsewhere in the country.

    A new report from online broker Redfin highlights the Silicon Valley housing paradox: Good public schools drive up home prices, while high home prices exclude teachers. Read more from the Vallejo Times-Herald.

  • Strict ban on plastic: With the single-use plastic ban already in place, the city of Berkeley is considering banning the use of thick, reusable plastic grocery bags as well as thinner plastic bags used in the product aisle. Berkeleyside reports.

  • Chinook Salmon: Drought and heat waves have plagued California this year, devastating for the state’s Chinook salmon, which are dying before they can breed in huge quantities, Washington Post report.


In cobs Cacio e pepe, borrowed the flavors of a traditional Italian pasta made with pecorino, Parmesan and black pepper.


My colleagues asked readers to tell them about places that pleased or comforted them in a dark year, and 52 of those suggestions to “remind us that the world is still waiting.”

On that list is Santa Rosa, a place full of resilience and glory. Read more

Tell us about your favorite places to visit in California. Email your suggestions at [email protected] We’ll be sharing more in upcoming versions of the Slitter.


Between wildfires, pandemics, and droughts, this summer in California hasn’t been easy.

So with September 22 marking the end of the season, I’m asking you to share what helped you make it through. Maybe it was a vacation you postponed, a trashy TV show, a delicious meal you cooked up or your night out.

Email me your favorite summer memory at [email protected] With your name and the city you live in. If you wish to include a picture, please ensure that it is oriented horizontally.


In Volcano, a city of about 100 people an hour’s drive from Sacramento, an all-volunteer theater company is rekindling joy in a dark year.

Pandemic, fire – it all goes away on stage, actress Brenda Metzger reveals Los Angeles Times.

In Volcano Theater Company’s production of Noel Coward’s “Hay Fever,” Metzger plays flirty flapper Myra Arundel.

“When you’re performing, you have to be in the moment,” Metzger told Schapper. “When I’m on stage, I’m Myra. And the thing Myra cares about most is being laid.”


Thanks for reading. I’ll be back tomorrow. – Soumya

ps is here Today’s Mini Crossword, and a clue: participate in democracy (4 characters).

Steven Moity and Mariel Wemsley contributed to California Today. you can reach the team [email protected].

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