Oddly, Gov. Gavin Newsom survives in California recall election

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom will keep his job steering the nation’s most populous state.

A majority of Californians have voted no – meaning against removing Newsom from office – in Tuesday’s recall election of the embattled first-term Democratic governor.

Newsom, who was overwhelmingly elected governor in 2018 in the heavily blue state, was facing a recall drive sparked last year mainly over accusations that he mishandled his state’s response to the coronavirus, the worst pandemic to strike the globe in a century.

The governor, who cruised to major victory, said soon after the Associated Press projected his win that “no was not the only thing that was expressed tonight.”

“We said yes to science, yes to vaccines, yes to ending this pandemic,” he emphasized.

Conservative talk radio host Larry Elder, who was the clear front runner among the 46 gubernatorial replacement candidates, told supporters “let’s be gracious in defeat,” after they booed when he mentioned Newsom’s name.

But seemingly teasing a potential rematch next year, when Newsom’s up for reelection for a full four year term, Elder added that “we may have lost the battle, but we are going to win the war.”

Ballots were mailed last month to California’s estimated 22 million registered voters and needed to be postmarked or handed in by the time the polls closed, at 8 p.m. PT.

Voters were asked two questions on the Newsom recall ballots. 

The first question was whether the governor should be removed from office. If more than 50% support removing Newsom, the second question offers a list of candidates running to replace the governor. If the governor had been recalled, the candidate who won the most votes on the second question – regardless of whether it’s a majority or just a small plurality – would have succeed 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 cannot let that progress to be stalled. We cannot allow the economy, not just our public health, to be impacted by a wrong decision tonight.”

The recall push was launched in June 2020 due to frustrations by many Californians 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 shutdowns and even opposition to the state’s high taxes. 

California Gov. Gavin Newsom addresses reporters after beating back the recall attempt that aimed to remove him from office, at the John L. Burton California Democratic Party headquarters in Sacramento, Calif., Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli) (AP)

The recall drive surged last autumn after Newsom’s dinner at an uber-exclusive restaurant, which – at best – skirted rules imposed by the governor to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The governor’s actions were widely perceived as hypocritical and the optics made Newsom look out of touch when many Californians were struggling.

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

California’s lieutenant governor announced at the beginning of July that the recall election would be held on Sept. 14. And the state’s Department of Finance estimated that it will cost $276 million to hold the election.

Newsom and his political team and allies spent the summer attempting to nationalize the recall drive by characterizing it as a Republican “power grab.” The embattled governor the past couple of months turned to well-known 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 motivate 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 of all – President Biden. “The eyes of the nation are on California because the decision you’re going to make isn’t just going to have a huge impact on California, it’s going to reverberate around the nation, and quite frankly — not a joke — around the world,” the president stressed.

The past two months Newsom has also spotlighted the coronavirus pandemic – the issue that last year sparked the recall effort – to tout his efforts to vaccinate Californians and warn about morbid consequences if a conservative Republican replaced him in running the state and quickly scrapped the state’s vaccine and mask mandates.

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

The governor also repeatedly took aim this summer at Elder, who quickly became the front runner among the replacement candidates after jumping into the race in mid-July. Newsom compared Elder to former President Trump, who outside of his conservative base is very unpopular in California, a state he lost to Biden by five million votes last November.

Republican conservative radio show host Larry Elder speaks to supporters after losing the California gubernatorial recall election Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021, in Costa Mesa, Calif. The rare, late-summer election, which challenged California Governor Gavin Newsom, has emerged as a national battlefront on issues from COVID-19 restrictions to climate change. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis) (AP)

Newsom emphasized last month that it’s “important to focus on Larry” because he argued that Elder’s “even more extreme than Trump in many respects.”  And the governor told a crowd at a recent rally that while Trump was defeated by Biden in November’s presidential election, “we did not defeat Trumpism…it is still alive across this country.” And spotlighting 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 vastly outnumber Republicans – a state he won election as governor by 24 points in 2018 – he and his allies acknowledged that they needed a strong turnout among Democrats and independents to counter Republican voters motivated to cast ballots in hopes of ousting 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 San Francisco mayor, California lieutenant governor and now governor – and their first chance to win a statewide contest since the 2006 gubernatorial reelection victory by then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who was a moderate Republican. Three years earlier, Democratic Gov. Gray Davis became only the second governor in U.S. 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.

Republican Kevin Faulconer, the former two-term San Diego mayor who came in third among the replacement candidates in Tuesday’s election, like Elder, was also looking ahead to next year.

“There is another election in 14 months, and this recall showed when the race is actually about Newsom his failures, he can be beat,” Faulconer said. “Our state is worth fighting for, and we’re just getting started.”

Original Article: https://www.foxnews.com/politics/the-nos-have-it-gov-gavin-newsom-survives-in-california-recall-election

7 Comments
  1. Maxx says

    Was there mail-in ballots beyond those for strictly for “shut-ins” ? Were Dominion ballot counting machines used like in 2020? If the answer to both questions is yes then the election was another democRAT communist party “FRADUD”, plain & simple.

  2. Disgusted in California says

    NO – he did NOT win!!! The FIX was IN!!! His auntie – the infamous, satanic Piglosi – wouldn’t allow her charming, uneducated, dimwit nephew lose his paycheck. She saved his lily-white-ass with sham Dominion machines!!!!!

  3. Evangeline says

    Newsome survived via voter fraud, the Republicans were not allowed to vote!!

    1. Spanky says

      ” the Republicans were not allowed to vote!!”

      not allowed to vote…you mean they died because they weren’t vaxed!!

      When they overlayed the voter map with covid hotspots map it was hilarious!

      You Anti-Vaxed yourselves to a loss…

      Brilliant wouldn’t you agree!

  4. Christiann says

    Newsome kept his job due to voter fraud since that is the only way a communist demoncrat can keep office.

  5. Casey says

    Only way a communist demoncrats can get into office and stay is voter fraud.

  6. Evangeline says

    Why are my comments awaiting moderation when I speak the TRUTH!!

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