California Governor. Gavin Newsom was Tuesday’s second governor to win back a recall. He survived the campaign to remove him from office over his new coronavirus pandemic shut downs and the state’s many economic, environmental, and social woes.
Early results of the special election indicated that the recall question against Democratic governor was defeated, according to projections made by CNN, NBC News, and the Associated Press.
With 58% the vote counted, which includes absentee ballots and early votes, 68% voters had voted “No,” effectively saying that Mr. Newsom should remain in the governor’s mansion.
In brief remarks from Sacramento Mr. stated that he was “humbled” and grateful to the millions of Californians who exercised their fundamental rights to vote. He also said that she decides for herself with her body. “We said yes to diversity, we said yes to inclusion, we said yes to pluralism, we said yes to all those things that we hold dear as Californians.”
Mr. Newsom, who was elected in 2018 with 62% of the vote, outspent his competition by about 5 to 1, raising more than $70 million to defeat the 46 candidates who sought to supplant him if the recall question succeeded.
Larry Elder, a long-time Los Angeles radio host, was the leader of the challengers after he entered the race in July.
Supporters collected more than 2,000,000 signatures from Californians in order to place the recall question. This was motivated by frustration at Mr. Newsom ”s strict pandemic restrictions, and allegations of hypocrisy following his appearance at a private party at the French Laundry last year.
Mr. Framed the effort as a Republican recall even though only a third of the people who signed the petitions weren’t Republicans, they brought in top Democrats, including Vice President Kamala D. and President Biden, to support him ,. Harris.
About 44% of the 22 million mail-in ballots had been returned as of Tuesday night, according to Political Data Inc.’s ballot tracker.
Mr. Newsom avoided being the former California governor. Gray Davis, a Democrat was recalled in 2003, and replaced by Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger.
The recall candidates accused Mr. Newsom of failing to address rising crime and homelessness. Democrats, however, framed the election in a referendum against former President Trump.
We may have defeated Trump, but Trumpism remains alive in this country,” stated Mr. Newsom.
Democratic National Committee chair Jaime Harrison said the recall’s failure had national implications, calling it “a win for the bold agenda put forth by President Biden, Governor Newsom and Democrats in Congress.”
“The #CaliforniaRecallElection was not close,” tweeted Rep. Ted Lieu, California Democrat. “The fifth-largest state in America and the largest economy in the entire world voted to end Trumpism.” @GavinNewsom, congratulations! California will continue to move forward under his leadership.”