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World Gavin Newsom Recall Gathers Enough Signatures to Qualify for California Ballot

03:55  27 april  2021
03:55  27 april  2021 Source:   newsweek.com

California Governor Gavin Newsom Launches Opposing Petition to Fight Recall Campaign

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The campaign to recall Democratic California Governor Gavin Newsom has gathered enough signature to trigger a special election.

Gavin Newsom wearing a suit and tie looking at the camera: Opponents of Democratic California Governor Gavin Newsom have gathered enough signatures to trigger a special recall election that could oust him from office. In this photo, Newsom pauses while speaking at the grand opening of the new Charles Schwab office October 27, 2009 in San Francisco, California. © Justin Sullivan/Getty Opponents of Democratic California Governor Gavin Newsom have gathered enough signatures to trigger a special recall election that could oust him from office. In this photo, Newsom pauses while speaking at the grand opening of the new Charles Schwab office October 27, 2009 in San Francisco, California.

California's Secretary of State Shirley Weber validated the 1,495,709 petition signatures that triggered the recall election. The special election will now occur in roughly 60 to 80 days.

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Newsom's opponents collected signatures for his recall at a time when the state experienced a spike in COVID-19 cases and deaths, as well as ongoing closures of schools and businesses. However, public opinion towards Newsom could change as the state experiences the benefits of his recent COVID-19 recovery initiatives.

In short, the pandemic's effects on the state could look very different when the recall election occurs. A probable summer drought, wildfires and resulting power blackouts could deepen voter dissatisfaction with Newsom's leadership though.

Despite only being governor for two years, Newsom has already faced five unsuccessful attempts to remove him through recalls. California has some of the most relaxed rules to initiating a recall, according to the state news site Cal Matters. Because of the ongoing pandemic, a judge gave his opponents nearly twice the usual amount of time to solicit recall signatures.

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Newsom has a higher favorability rating than state Governor Gray Davis did when he was recalled from office in 2003. Newsom had a 51 percent approval rating and a 39 percent disapproval rating in a Morning Consult poll conducted almost entirely during January. Comparatively, Davis' approval rating was in the 20s just before he was recalled, according to the statistics site FiveThirtyEight.

The site also notes that California is much more Democratic-leaning now than it was around 2003. In 2004, Democratic Presidential nominee John Kerry received about 54 percent of the state's votes. In 2020, the Democratic Presidential nominee received over 63 percent of the state's votes.

Newsom's spokesperson called the recall effort a Republican "scheme" and "a transparently partisan attempt to install a Trump supporter as governor of a state that elected Newsom and rejected Trump in historic landslides," according to CBS News13 Sacramento.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

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