World Gavin Newsom Faces Recall Election as Campaign Collects 1,509,000 Signatures
Gavin Newsom Approval Rating is 28 Percent Higher Than Gray Davis Prior to His Recall: Poll
The poll, which was conducted by the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC), found 52 percent of likely voters in California saying they approve of the job Newsom is doing as governor, while 43 percent said they disapproved and five percent said they didn't know.The poll, which was conducted by the nonpartisan Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC), found 52 percent of likely voters in California saying they approve of the job Newsom is doing as governor, while 43 percent said they disapproved and five percent said they didn't know.
An effort to recall California Governorhas reached the minimum number of signatures needed to trigger a recall election, organizers behind the recall campaign announced Friday.
Recall Gavin Newsom launched last year and amassed more than 900,000 signatures by the end of December. The recall campaign said it collected more than 1.4 million signatures by early February and gathered a total of 1,509,000 signatures by Friday.
State law dictates that a recall campaign must gather support from a specific number of registered voters in order to trigger a recall. In this case, valid signatures from 1,495,709 California voters—a number equivalent to 12 percent of the votes cast in the election Newsom won to become governor—from at least five counties needed to sign the petition by the campaign's March deadline.
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Several rivals have voiced their desire to stand against Newsom if a recall petition hits the required number of signatures.The RecallGavin2020 campaign now has 1.4 million signatures. It needs almost 1.5 million—1,495,709, or 12 percent of the votes cast in the last election for governor—to succeed.
Once the California secretary of state determines that the campaign has collected enough valid signatures, a recall election will be scheduled to allow voters to decide if they want Newsom to stay in office or not.
Recall Gavin Newsom set a goal of collecting 1.8 million signatures in anticipation that some might not pass muster with the secretary of state's office.
This is not the first recall campaign Newsom has faced since he was elected governor with nearly 62 percent of the vote in 2018, but it is the campaign that has gained the most traction. The effort is fueled in part by frustrations surrounding restrictions put in place due to the coronavirus pandemic. Organizers also cite as reasons for their efforts the Democratic governor's positions on issues that predate COVID-19, including gun laws and immigration policies.
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The organizers say on the campaign's website that the effort is not driven by any one political party, and they have bristled at allegations that supporters of the movement have links to QAnon and other far-right groups. Instead, organizers say the movement is supported by voters of diverse political backgrounds and represents a "mass uprising" in California.
Randy Economy, a senior adviser for the campaign,in December that this recall effort is notable to him because it has support from Californians who don't typically get involved in politics.
The recall campaign is "kind of a perfect tidal wave of citizens who have never done anything in politics before—ever, and I really do mean that—who decided they want to take a stab at this," Economy told Newsweek at the time. A significant component to the campaign's success is the frustrations voters feel after months of living with the pandemic and the restrictions introduced at the state level, he said. Newsom's attendance at a dinner party at the French Laundry last November, which violated the state's recommendations for gathering with individuals outside of one's household, only served to inflame those already frustrated with the lockdowns.
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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry had a video call with the California Governor weeks before the election—though his office appear more concerned with one half of the royal couple than the other.The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were booked in for an hour at 3 p.m. on October 19 in Newsom's schedule, just a couple of weeks out from the November election.
On the final day of 2020, Economy told Newsweek that he believed this recall campaign would be successful. "I think this is different this time," he said. "Sometimes in politics and in life, you have that once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the average resident to make a difference. This is that moment in California history."
Economy told KTTV on Thursday that the recall campaign was close to reaching 1.5 million signatures. The effort was further aided by the national GOP, whichto help remove Newsom from office.
Ten recall campaigns have qualified for a recall election in California since 1913, only six of which have resulted in the targeted official being removed from office, according to the California secretary of state's website. The only California governor to be successfully recalled was Gray Davis, a Democrat who was removed in 2003 and replaced by former Republican Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Newsweek reached out to Newsom's office for comment and will update this article with any response.
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The state Republican Party also received $250,000 from the national GOP last week.Funds from the California GOP are expected to be spent on hiring workers to gather more signatures for the petition, Associated Press reported, noting that the campaign had largely relied on volunteers.
Newsom Faults Lawmakers' School Reopening Plan for Not Being 'Far or Fast Enough' .
Legislators want to open schools for elementary students, but the governor opposes guaranteeing teachers vaccination before in-person classes resume."While the Legislature's proposal represents a step in the right direction, it doesn't go far enough or fast enough," Newsom said in a press release Thursday. "I look forward to building on the growing momentum to get our schools open and continuing discussions with the Legislature to get our kids back in school as safely and quickly as possible.