Australia California Governor Gavin Newsom survives attempted ousting
Gavin Newsom projected to win California recall race
CNN and NBC both projected that Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom would win Tuesday's recall race in California.Newsom held an early and substantial lead in results from California's Tuesday recall election shortly after polls closed at 8 p.m. local time.
Governor Gavin Newsom has retained his position after voters took to the ballot boxes for a recall .
Mr Newsom was the second governor to survive a recall attempt in American history.
Senior Fellow at theStudies Centre in Sydney, Bruce Wolpe, said the "recall movement got smashed" with overwhelming proportions of Californians voting early or by mail to affirm support for Mr Newsom.
Votes are still being counted, with Mr Newsom's lead expected to drop slightly as more in-person ballots are counted.
Gavin Newsom on Shaky Ground Six Weeks Out From California Recall Election
California voters will decide the Democratic governor's fate during the statewide recall election on September 14.If Newsom defeats the recall effort, he will remain in office and get the opportunity to run for a second term in the 2022 midterm election. But if more than 50 percent of California voters cast their ballots in favor of removing the Democrat from office, the recall candidate who receives the greatest number of votes will replace him and run the state until the midterms.
The California Republican Party and leading Republican challenger Larry Elder have conceded.
What is a recall and how does it work?
A recall election was introduced at the beginning of the 20th century to allow American voters to circumvent power from big business.
Today 41 out of the US's 50 states permit the recall of a public office holder and 19 allow state-level politicians to be removed from power.
To qualify for a recall, a politician's opponents must file a petition detailing their criticisms and collect sufficient signatures supporting the recall.
In California, the number of signatures needed is at least 12 per cent of total votes cast in the last election.
Gavin Newsom Says Larry Elder 'Celebrates' Texas Abortion Law, Wants Roe v. Wade Overturned
Texas' new abortion law is being highlighted by the governor and other Democrats as evidence of what a Republican governor could do in California.Newsom said that Larry Elder, his leading Republican challenger in the recall effort, is someone who "celebrates what just happened to women in Texas and is celebrating the prospect of overturning Roe v. Wade.
Why did the recall happen now?
Critics of Mr Newsom expressed dissatisfaction with his actions during the coronavirus pandemic, which included instating the country's first state-wide shutdown order.
Mr Newsom's opponents claimed his tough restrictions were destroying businesses and keeping kids out of school longer than necessary.
However, Mr Newsom said his decisions helped save lives.
Who were Governor Newsom's potential replacements?
There were 46 challengers vying to become California's next governor.
Among them was media personality Caitlyn Jenner and prominent Republicans such as former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer and businessman John Cox.
Kevin Faulconer Asks Residents to Get COVID Vaccine During California Gubernatorial Debate
Faulconer said that the vaccine is the best way to bring the COVID-19 pandemic to an end when inquired about masks in schools.When inquired about masks in schools, Faulconer said that the vaccine is the best way to bring the COVID-19 pandemic to an end, the Associated Press reported. The gubernatorial hopeful said that he's against schools requiring masks, but wouldn't indicate whether he would ban them from doing so if elected governor.
Republican talk radio host Larry Elder was the most popular challenger and would have become California's first African-American governor if elected.
What impact does the result of the California recall election have on the rest of the US?
Mr Wolpe said US President Joe Biden "found reinforcement for all his core messages in Newsom" on issues such as the coronavirus pandemic and climate change.
"Winning popular approval in California shows Biden's programs have had popular approval across America," he told 9news.com.au.
"The vote in California ratifies Biden's COVID plan.
"It shows Biden is as popular in California today as he was during the  presidential election."
The outcome is also pivotal in the lead up to the 2022 mid-term elections when control of Congress will be up for grabs.
Do we have recall elections in Australia?
Australia does not have recall elections.
Mr Wolpe said there is no desire to have them, especially as the parliamentary term is very short.
Four takeaways after California governor handily defeats recall .
Newsom wins on strength of response to COVID-19 as voters reject Republican claims in heavily Democratic state.The California recall election was the first significant US political contest of Joe Biden’s presidency and served as a stress test for both parties before next year’s midterms that will determine whether Biden’s Democratic Party can retain control of Congress.