14 September (WNN) — Gavin Newsom of California was projected to defeat a vote to recall him from office as votes Tuesday night.
The “no” vote was rising from 68% to 32% with over 60% of the vote and CNN and CBS projecting that Newsom would remain in office.
“Now, let’s get back to work,” Newsom tweeted late Tuesday.
In a brief speech after the election, Newsom said he did not want to focus on what the public didn’t say, but what they adopted by dismissing an attempt to recall.
“We said yes to science. We said yes to vaccines. We said yes to ending this pandemic. We said yes to people’s right to vote without fear of fake, fraudulent voter suppression,” he said, “We said yes to women’s fundamental” constitutional right to decide what she does with her body, destiny and future We said yes to diversity.
“We said yes to everything we hold dear as Californians and I would argue as Americans,” he said.
Newsom, a Democrat and former mayor of San Francisco, has faced several Republican-led attempts, but this is the only one to meet state law requirements and reach the ballot.
The recall was initiated more than a year ago by a petition accusing Newsom of supporting laws that “illegally favor foreign nationals in our country, over our own citizens.” It also criticized Newsom for his support for the state’s high taxes, its homelessness crisis, “sanctuary city” immigration laws and other progressive policies.
More than 1.7 million Californians signed the petition, eclipsing the 1.49 million signatures needed to trigger the official recall. The number of people who signed the petition amounts to about 12% of the votes cast when Newsom was elected governor in 2018.
Ballots were sent out to all 22 million registered voters in the state about a month before election day. The ballot asks voters to answer two questions – first, if Newsom should be recalled, and second, who should succeed him as governor.
If the majority votes “no” on the first question, Newsom will remain governor. If 50% plus one vote is “yes”, he will be removed as governor and the candidate receiving the most votes on the second question will serve the remainder of Newsom’s term until January 2023.
A total of 46 candidates were eligible to appear on the ballot – 24 Republicans, 10 without any party affiliation, nine Democrats, two from the Green Party and one Libertarian.
One of the top GOP candidates was conservative talk radio host Larry Elder.
Elder, 69, has pledged to undo the state’s COVID-19 vaccine and mask mandate — and on Monday his campaign began to make claims of election fraud as polls showed Newsom had to face claims from former President Donald Trump. Equally, the recall was likely to defeat the attempt. Democrats fell after losing to Joe Biden.
Trump, who frequently clashed with Newsom as president, told right-wing news outlet Newsmax last week that he believes the recall election is “probably rigged.”
Biden traveled to California on Monday to survey the damage caused by the wildfires and campaign for Newsom. At a stop in Long Beach, Biden warned Californians not to allow Republican-led maneuvers or Trump influence in the state.
“You can either have Gavin Newsom as your governor, or you’ll get Donald Trump,” he said.
As for the other candidates on the ballot on Tuesday — behind Elder at the top of the field were fellow Republican John Cox, GOP nominee and loser of the 2018 gubernatorial race, former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulkner and Democrat Kevin Pfrath, a 29. -Year-Old YouTube Star.
Supporters of Republican recall candidate Larry Elder gather for a rally on September 6 in Thousand Oaks, California. Elder is a conservative talk radio host with rhetoric that echoes former President Donald Trump. Photo by Jim Ruyman/WNN
Since 1911, California law has allowed state voters to attempt to recall the governor. In fact, every governor in the past 60 years has faced an attempt to recall. Newsom has faced seven, but is the first to reach the ballot.
Aside from Tuesday’s election, only one other effort garnered enough signatures to trigger a recall vote—a 2003 effort that eventually called back Democratic Gov. Gray Davis and elected action star and moderate Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger. The actor, who was a fiscal conservative and a social liberal, was later elected to a second term and served until 2011.
California is a heavily democratic state and has not voted for a Republican president since George HW Bush in 1988. In addition to Schwarzenegger, the state elected two GOP governors during the late 1980s and most of the 1990s.
Since 1913, there have been 179 attempts to recall state elected officials in California. Eleven collected enough signatures to qualify for the ballot, and six of them resulted in the officer being recalled. There have been 55 attempts to recall the governor. The last successful return of a state official came in 2018, when state Sen. Josh Newman was fired.