Gavin Newsom, Governor of California, speaks during a campaign event at Long Beach City College in Long Beach, California, United States on Monday, September 13, 2021.
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Gavin Newsom survived a Republican attempt to remove him as governor of California, ensuring the Democrat can serve the remainder of his term as top official in the nation’s most populous state, an NBC projection shows News.
With 66% of the expected votes, Newsom was in the lead with 5,619,538 votes, or 65.8%, against his dismissal, against 2,916,257 votes, or 34.2%, in favor of dismissal.
Polls for the in-person vote closed at 11 p.m. ET on Tuesday. Voters had been submitting postal ballots for a few weeks in advance.
Speaking at a press conference on Tuesday evening, Newsom thanked his supporters and said “no is not the only thing that has been expressed tonight”.
“We said yes to science. We said yes to vaccines. We said yes to the end of this pandemic. We said yes to the right to vote for people without fear of fraudulent fraud or voter suppression. herself what she does with her body, her destiny and her future, “he said.
The gubernatorial recall effort was the second in California history to qualify for the ballot, giving Republicans a chance to seize power in an otherwise dark blue state.
Two questions were put to voters: should Newsom be replaced, and if he is recalled, who among his 46 opponents in the election should take his place?
Newsom, who was elected by an overwhelming majority in 2018 for a term that would end in 2023, has spent months trying to push back the Republican-led effort that gained traction last year following allegations that he would have mismanaged the state’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Nearly 1.5 million Californians have signed the recall petition amid frustrations over state-issued health orders and the appearance of an unmasked Newsom at a dinner party at the height of the outbreak. Covid case.
The recall effort has become just one of many crises that Newsom, steward of America’s largest state economy, has had to juggle over the past year, in addition to wildfires, drought, the rising cost of living and, of course, the pandemic. New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that California Covid Transmission Rates Declining, Nevertheless.
The summer polls showed a tighter race in the recall election, but recently moved in Newsom’s favor.
His campaign drew participation from complacent Democratic voters, who outnumber Republicans in the state electorate as twice as many as they gained a colossal lead in the early returns of mail-in ballots.
The governor had a huge financial advantage over his opponents. He had a war chest of $ 70 million for the campaign and sparked a flurry of anti-recall announcements with prominent Democrats such as former President Barack Obama vouching to keep him in office.
Newsom received a final push from President Joe Biden, who said at a rally Monday that the election results will be felt nationwide, shaping the country’s focus on climate change, the pandemic and even the reproductive rights.
Biden also criticized conservative talk show host Larry Elder, the Republican frontrunner in the election, describing him as a “clone” of former President Donald Trump.
Elder has garnered far more support than any of the challengers vying to succeed Newsom, holding a substantial lead over the rest of the field in recent polls. He has vowed to cancel vaccination and cover up warrants, and echoed Trump’s false claims of widespread voter fraud in the 2020 election, laying the groundwork for misinformation about the recall election.
A wide variety of personalities made up the other 45 candidates who failed to gain voter support. Republican candidates include Caitlyn Jenner, former reality TV personality and Olympian, and John Cox, who traveled for campaign events with a live Kodiak bear.
On the Democratic candidate side, Hollywood actor Patrick Kilpatrick and YouTube millionaire Kevin Paffrath have come forward to succeed Newsom.
– CNBC’s Christine Wang contributed to this report.