According to several media projections, California Governor Gavin Newsom has emerged victorious from a special recall election, meaning the head of state, first elected in 2018, will remain in office after a controversial campaign.
With more than 61% of the vote counted, Newsom was expected to win Tuesday night’s recall race by a large margin, according to projections from NBC, CBS, CNN and ABC.
Tonight, California voted NO to the recall and YES to … Science.Women’s rights.Immigrant rights.Minimum pay.The environment.Our future.We rejected cynicism and bigotry and chose hope and progress.Thank you, California.
– Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) September 15, 2021
Newson spoke to supporters in Sacramento as the final results rolled in, declaring he was victorious “Humiliated and grateful to the millions and millions of Californians who exercised their fundamental right to vote and expressed themselves so overwhelmingly by rejecting the division.”
Newsom warns that “Trumpism is not dead in this country” after Republicans made baseless allegations of fraud prior to the recall vote: “Democracy is not a football. You do not throw it around. It is more like an antique vase. You can drop it and smash it into a million different pieces. ” pic.twitter.com/li3nkIcqqM
– CBS News (@CBSNews) September 15, 2021
Newsom took office with a 62% landslide victory in 2018, but a segment of nationals has become increasingly critical of his leadership, particularly around his handling of the Covid-19 pandemic and associated lockout regulations. In June 2020, retired Yolo County Sheriff Orrin Heatlie, along with his California Patriot Coalition and other conservative groups, launched the recall operation, which quickly generated hundreds of thousands of signatures and raised millions in donations.
While dozens of candidates lined up to replace Newsom if the yes vote took the day, Larry Elder, a black conservative talk show host and supporter of ex-President Donald Trump, emerged as a favorite in opinion polls. Newsom’s victory was fiercely fought after pouring millions into attack ads against elders and other rivals, while gaining the support of high-profile Democrats around the country, among them Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, who stumped for the governor of LA earlier this month . President Joe Biden himself also fought for Newsom, pear by his side for a last-minute show of support in Long Beach this week.
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