Politics CNN, Fox, Associated Press Call California Recall for Gavin Newsom
California recall election: Will the state keep or remove Gov. Gavin Newsom? Results could take time.
Tuesday is decision day in California and voters in the Golden State will decide whether they will keep Gov. Gavin Newsom or remove him from office.It's been a winding path to get here, but polls show the Democrat is likely to keep his job leading a state that is known nationally as a liberal trendsetter.
CNN,and Associated Press called California's gubernatorial recall election for shortly after polls closed Tuesday night.
Newsom is the sitting California governor and the first to beat a gubernatorial recall election targeting his office. The Democrat was elected as governor in 2018 and will serve the remainder of his term now that he has defeated the recall effort.
Newsom's nightmare: How one November day fueled the recall
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — On a single day last November, two events helped set the course for just the second recall election against a governor in California history: Gov. Gavin Newsom dined with 11 friends and lobbyists at one of the country’s most expensive restaurants as he pleaded with Californians to stay home, while those looking to kick him out of office won four more months to qualify for the ballot. Photos of the maskless dinner showed the Democratic governor going against what he had been urging for months to combat the coronavirus: don’t gather in groups, keep your distance, wear a mask.
CNN PROJECTION: California Gov. Gavin Newsom survives Republican-backed recall effort and will remain in office https://t.co/FsCDAUHk79 pic.twitter.com/stutArLzP7— CNN (@CNN) September 15, 2021
BREAKING: California voters reject effort to remove Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom from office in recall election. #APracecall at 8:46 p.m. PDT. #Election2021 #CAelection #CARecall— AP Politics (@AP_Politics) September 15, 2021
If the recall had been successful in removing Newsom from office, he would have been replaced by the recall candidate who received the greatest number of votes. Forty-six candidates qualified to appear on the recall ballot, a list that included 24, nine , two Green Party candidates, one Libertarian and 10 candidates who chose to appear on the ballot with no party preference.
How Larry Elder has helped Gavin Newsom in California's recall election
Earlier this year, when California Gov. Gavin Newsom was searching for the right message to convince disengaged Democrats to vote against the effort to oust him in Tuesday's recall election, it would have been impossible to imagine a more perfect foil than conservative talk radio host Larry Elder. © Ringo H.W. Chiu/AP California Gov. Gavin Newsom is photographed during a TV interview before a rally against the California gubernatorial recall election on Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021, in Sun Valley, California.
Statewide polls conducted in July and early August suggested likely voters in California were split on the decision of Newsom's removal, but that balance shifted as the September 14 special election drew closer. Over the last three weeks, polling results have increasingly tipped in Newsom's favor, with many predicting he would defeat the recall effort by several points.
Newsom is eligible to run for re-election next year and already has a website for his 2022 campaign.
Republican Larry Elder was considered to be the front-runner among the recall candidates following his own campaign launch in July. Once Elder made his gubernatorial campaign official, he jumped to the top of the polls and continued to poll several points ahead of his Republican competitors in most polls conducted over the last two months.
Businessman John Cox, who was the Republican gubernatorial candidate in the 2018 election Newsom won, was also running to replace Newsom in the recall election. Other Republicans on the recall ballot included former San Diego Mayor, California State Assemblyman Kevin Kiley, reality television personality Caitlyn Jenner and former Congressman Doug Ose, who ended his campaign last month after suffering a heart attack.
What Makes Newsom's Recall Election Different From Davis' 2003 Ouster
A Democratic strategist who advised former California Governor Gray Davis said there are "several" differences between the two gubernatorial recall elections.Newsom and Davis, both Democrats, are the only California governors who have had to defend their seats through a recall election since the state adopted its recall process in 1911. While voters elected to remove Davis from office nearly 18 years ago, South said he believes the September 14 recall election "is going to be a blowout win for Newsom.
Though the California Republican Party decided against endorsing a candidate in the recall election, the Californiaand several high-profile Democrats in other parts of the country backed Newsom. Vice President visited California on September 8 to attend a rally in support of Newsom, and the governor spent the final evening before the recall election at a rally in Southern California with President , who also encouraged Californians to vote against the recall.
California first adopted its recall process in 1911, and there have been only two gubernatorial recall elections in the decades since. The first occurred less than 20 years ago, when Democrat Gray Davis faced a recall shortly after he was elected to his second term in office. In that 2003 recall election, Davis was ousted with 55.4 percent of votes cast in favor of his removal. Of the 135 candidates who appeared on the 2003 recall ballot, Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger received the greatest number of votes and became the state's 38th governor.
This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.
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The closely watched California gubernatorial recall election on Tuesday is poised to send precisely the opposite political message that its proponents initially intended. © Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times/Getty Images An observer who declined to give their name watches election workers process ballots (and signatures verified) at vote centers across the state during the California gubernatorial recall election, including the Orange County Registrar of Voters in Santa Ana, on Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021.