Gov. Newsom Poised to Hold Off Recall Effort
California Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom will likely serve out the remainder of his first term as voters rebuff a recall effort.
As of 8:45 p.m., 59 percent of the vote has been counted and by a 67-32 margin, Newsom is on pace to keep his seat. Here’s the Los Angeles Times live election results for those who want to keep tabs.
Newsom was elected into office in 2018 by a similarly wide margin, defeating Republican businessman Jon Cox, 62-38 percent. But as Newsom’s oppressive pandemic shutdowns frustrated residents (and he was seen violating his own rules to attend a fancy dinner with lobbyists at The French Laundry), recall circulators were able to gather enough signatures to force the matter to a vote.
But while polls at points in the summer showed some voters (especially undecided voters) souring on Newsom, he maintained a solid base of support among Democrats (who significantly outnumber Republicans in California) and was able to get them to vote. In the final da
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