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Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom is likely to face a recall election this year."For the past decade we have seen the glimmer of the Golden State reduced by one-party rule that places politics over progress and special interests over people," Jenner, 71, said in a statement. "I am a proven winner and the only outsider who can put an end to Gavin Newsom's disastrous time as governor.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Organizers of the recall effort against California Gov. Gavin Newsom have collected enough valid signatures to qualify for the ballot, state election officials said, likely triggering just the second such election in state history.
“The people of California have done what the politicians thought would be impossible," said Orrin Heatlie, the retired county sheriff's sergeant who launched the recall effort last year. “Our work is just beginning. Now the real campaign is about to commence."
Heatlie spearheaded the signature collection effort that began last June and picked up momentum in the fall as frustration grew over Newsom's coronavirus-related actions.
Newsom recall effort has enough signatures to make ballot
The effort aimed at recalling California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) has enough signatures to qualify for the ballot, according to data released by the California Secretary of State on Monday.According to the secretary's office, 1,626,042 valid signatures have been collected in support of Newsom's recall effort, which exceeds the 1,495,709 signatures required. That number is expected to grow, as counties have until April 29 to confirm the validity of any remaining signatures.
The California secretary of state's office said that more than 1.6 million signatures had been deemed valid as of Monday, about 100,000 more than required.
An election is likely in the fall and voters would face two questions: Should Newsom be recalled and who should replace him? The votes on the second question will only be counted if more than half say yes to the first.
If Newsom survives the recall he will be up for reelection in 2022.
People who signed petitions now have 30 days to withdraw their signatures, though it’s unlikely enough will do so to stop the question from going to voters.
The recall against Newsom, a first-term Democrat seen as a possible White House hopeful someday, will be among the highest-profile political races in the country this year.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom to face recall vote as petition drive hits signature goal
Organizers of a petition drive to force a recall election of California Gov. Gavin Newsom gathered enough valid signatures to qualify for the ballot.The 1.6 million signatures are about 100,000 more than needed to force a vote on the first-term Democrat. The validation process won't be complete until Thursday, the deadline for county elections officials to verify the validity of any remaining signatures and report the final signature verification.
He launched a campaign to fight the effort in March alongside endorsements from Democrats including U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders. So far no other Democrats have jumped in to run against him.
“I am not going to take this fight lying down," said a fundraising appeal sent by Newsom shortly after Monday's announcement about the signatures. “There is too much at stake, and I intend to win."
His campaign manager, Juan Rodriguez, repeated criticism that the recall campaign is a partisan effort by pro-Trump Republicans that “seeks to undo the important progress we’ve made under Governor Newsom - fighting COVID, supporting families who are struggling, protecting our environment, common-sense gun safety laws."
Republicans running to replace Newsom include former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer and reality TV star and former Olympic decathlon champion, who has never run for elected office. Businessman John Cox, who lost badly to Newsom in 2018, and former Congressman Doug Ose, also are running.
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A petition to recall the governor has received more than 1.6 million valid signatures, according to state election officials.The campaign to recall Newsom began to gain traction last September, amid growing frustration over the Democrat's response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Californians from all walks of life are seizing this historic opportunity to demand change," Faulconer said in a statement. “As the only candidate who’s won tough elections and enacted real reform, I am ready to lead this movement."
Dozens of other candidates, serious and not, are expected to enter the race.
The only other time a California governor has faced a recall election was in 2003, when Democrat Gray Davis was voted out and replaced with Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger. Democrats believe Davis was hurt politically when Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante, a fellow Democrat, entered the race.
Top Democrats urge unity behind Newsom in California recall
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Top Democrats urged California activists to stay united behind Gov. Gavin Newsom, who is facing a recall, during the state party's annual convention Saturday. “I know we're united and ready to work to ensure that he remains doing what he does best: Fighting for Californians every single day," said Jaime Harrison, the chairman of the Democratic National Committee. Harrison and others including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, U.S. Rep. Barbara Lee and statewide elected officials addressed the California Democratic Party's virtual convention through pre-recorded videos, giving the annual event a more muted tone than most years.
Newsom won election in 2018 with support from more than 60% of the voters. Recalling him will be a tough sell in the heavily Democratic state where just a quarter of the state’s registered voters are Republicans, about the same number as those who identify as having “no party preference.”
But the recall's organizers see an opening with voters of all political stripes who were angered by Newsom’s handling of the pandemic and those frustrated by one-party Democratic rule in Sacramento.
Republicans have not won statewide office since 2006, when voters gave Schwarzenegger a second term. Recall organizers have said about 30% of the petition signers were Democrats or independents.
Newsom’s pandemic actions tipped the recall effort over the edge, especially after he was caught last fall dining at a fancy restaurant for a lobbyist’s birthday while urging residents to stay home.
decided to pursue a recall in early 2020, motivated not by Newsom's pandemic policies but by his support for immigrants in the country illegally and other liberal policies.
Super Thursday: Britain heads to polls in array of elections .
LONDON (AP) — Polling stations across Britain opened Thursday for what are considered the biggest set of elections outside a general election, local and regional contests that could have huge repercussion for the future of the United Kingdom. On what has been dubbed Super Thursday, tens of millions of voters are electing governments for Scotland and Wales, big city mayors, including for London, as well as local authorities up and down the land. © Provided by Associated Press British Prime Minister Boris Johnson waves as he leaves a polling station with his partner Carrie Symonds after casting his vote in local council elections in London, Thursday May 6, 2021.