Voters in the western state of California rejected efforts to remove Democratic Governor Gavin Newson.
According to data released shortly after the conclusion of the state polls on Tuesday night, nearly 70% of voters voted “no” by an overwhelming majority when Newsom’s term ended early, and only more than 30% voted “yes.”
The Associated Press, CNN and NBC News all predicted that the recall has failed.
On Wednesday morning, when the results showed that he had won, Newsom told reporters that he felt humble and grateful to the millions of Californians who exercised their basic voting rights. ”
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The recall was initiated by Republicans who were angry about Newsom’s strict COVID-19 regulations throughout the pandemic, including the closure of schools and restrictions on small businesses such as bars and restaurants. The organizers obtained enough signatures from registered voters to force a ballot recall.
Voter polls conducted a few days before the vote on Tuesday showed that the staunch conservative radio talk show host Larry Elder is the main candidate among more than 40 potential successors who will serve for the remainder of Newsom’s tenure. The term will end next year.
Newsom will recall efforts, especially Elder’s presence on the ballot, which is equivalent to former President Donald Trump, a very unpopular figure among Democrats. “We defeated Donald Trump, we did not defeat Trumpism. Trumpism still exists in this country,” the governor said.
He said in an earlier speech: “I want to focus on what we say’yes’ as a country: we say yes to science, we say yes to vaccines, and we say yes to ending this pandemic.”
Newsom is a prominent figure among national Democrats, having previously served as mayor of the city of San Francisco and California lieutenant governor before he was elected governor in 2018. He enlisted the help of several Democratic luminaries in his effort to fight off the recall, including President Joe Biden, California compatriot Vice President Kamala Harris and former President Barack Obama.
A potential failure in a state dominated by Democrats may indicate that Biden and the congressional Democrats will face major problems entering next year’s mid-term legislative elections.
He is the second California governor to face a vote for removal. The first in 2003 removed the Democrat Gray Davis and appointed the popular Hollywood actor Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Some of the information in this report comes from Reuters and the Associated Press.