Politics Gavin Newsom Campaign Takes Huge Lead With Half the Votes Counted in Recall Election

07:55  15 september  2021
07:55  15 september  2021 Source:   newsweek.com

California recall election: Will the state keep or remove Gov. Gavin Newsom? Results could take time.

  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.

California Governor Gavin Newsom has emerged victorious from a special recall election , according to several media projections, meaning the state executive first elected in 2018 will remain in office after a contentious campaign . With more than 61% of the votes tallied, Newsom was expected to win Tuesday night’s recall race by a wide margin, according to projections by NBC, CBS, CNN and ABC. Addressing supporters in Sacramento as the final results rolled in, Newson declared victory, saying he is “humbled and grateful to the millions, and millions of Californians who exercised their fundamental

Gavin Newsom (D) from office in tonight's recall election . The first of three vote result waves will be released immediately after polls close, comprised of mail-in ballots already delivered and counted . Click here for additional information regarding how subsequent results will be publicly released. Larry Elder, longtime conservative radio host and lawyer, is Newsom ’s leading Republican opponent, according to polls.

California Governor Gavin Newsom took an early lead as the first votes in the state's recall gubernatorial election were tabulated on Tuesday night.

a group of people standing next to a person in a suit and tie: Democratic California Governor Gavin Newsom appeared poised to survive the attempt to recall him as early results from the election were counted on Tuesday. Newsom is pictured giving a © Justin Sullivan/Getty Democratic California Governor Gavin Newsom appeared poised to survive the attempt to recall him as early results from the election were counted on Tuesday. Newsom is pictured giving a "thumbs up" to supporters after delivering a speech to union workers and volunteers in San Francisco, California on September 14, 2021.

Official results showed the option to retain Newsom leading by 5,238,573 votes to 2,478,640 votes, a lead of over 35 percent, with 16.7 percent of precincts partially reporting less than an hour after polls closed at 8 p.m. local time. CNN projected that Newsom would survive the recall after an exit poll showed the governor leading by 5,313,621 to 2,562,883 votes after 61 percent of responses had been counted.

Newsom's nightmare: How one November day fueled the recall

  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.

Gavin Newsom : Voting to recall me ' elects an anti-vax Republican'. Launching his campaign in July, Mr Elder said crime in California was rising under Governor Newsom - a claim his challengers have reinforced throughout the race. Certain crimes have increased significantly since Governor Newsom took office, in January 2019. But this is a trend seen in many other parts of the country too.

Gavin Newsom of California survives a recall election , as the AP projects that a majority of Golden State voters cast 'no' ballots. The Associated Press projects that a majority of Californians have voted no - meaning against removing Newsom from office - in Tuesday's recall election of the embattled first-term Democratic governor. Newsom , who was overwhelmingly elected governor in 2018 in the heavily blue state, was facing a recall drive sparked last year mainly over accusations that he mishandled his state’s response to the coronavirus, the worst pandemic to strike the globe in a century.

The election asked California voters to answer two ballot questions: whether to recall Newsom and, if so, which candidate should be his replacement. Republican frontrunner Larry Elder had a decisive lead of over 30 percent over the runner-up Kevin Paffrath in a crowded field on the second question.

Prior to the results being counted, exit polling suggested that controlling the COVID-19 pandemic was the top issue for voters in the state, likely an encouraging sign for Newsom since Elder had promised to dismantle public health restrictions. A 69 percent majority of voters supported the state mask mandate, while 63 percent considered becoming vaccinated a responsibility rather than a personal choice, according to ABC News. Exit polls also showed that a majority of voters were "scared" about the prospect of Newsom being removed from office.

Recall election: Campaign trip for Gavin Newsom could bring bigger benefit to President Biden

  Recall election: Campaign trip for Gavin Newsom could bring bigger benefit to President Biden President Joe Biden's campaign trip for California Gov. Gavin Newsom ahead of Tuesday's recall election, could help Biden as much as Newsom.Polls indicate Republicans’ attempt to recall California Gov. Gavin Newsom is likely to come up short in Tuesday’s election – for which many votes have already been cast.

Gavin Newsom gets to keep his job in a special recall election . Republican Larry Elder is the candidate most likely to replace Newsom . Exit polls showed that 49 per cent of voters viewed Elder negatively, while 60 per cent didn't like the GOP. Newsom held a comfortable lead in the polls in With 58 per cent of the vote in, 68.4 per cent voted 'no' - meaning Newsom would not be recalled - while 31.6 per cent said yes, which would remove him. Los Angeles county 's mail-in ballots were tallied early, giving Newsom a big boost. Newsom held a lead of more than 2 million votes in the country's

Voters in California are deciding the future on the state’s Governor, Gavin Newsom , who was elected in 2018 and was not due for re- election until next year 14.09.2021, Sputnik International. Why is Gavin Newsom Unpopular? In November 2018 Newsom was elected Governor with 62 percent of the vote , a greater share than any other Democratic governor in the state's history. But Newsom 's popularity took a nosedive in the latter part of 2019 and in February 2020 the recall process was begun by a group called the California Patriot Coalition, led by a former sheriff's deputy, Orrin Heatlie.

Newsom campaign strategist Sean Clegg told reporters that he could not "see a scenario where we're not talking about a victory for the governor and a complete rejection of this appalling partisan power grab" hours before the polls closed, while Elder hinted during a radio interview a short time earlier that he may be preparing another challenge to Newsom in 2022, when the state's next regular gubernatorial election is set to take place.

Polls prior to the election had shown the vote against recalling Newsom building a healthy lead over option to remove him, with the "no" vote leading by almost 16 percent on Monday night, according to polling analysis site FiveThirtyEight. One month earlier, the Democratic governor's fate seemed far less certain, with some polls indicated a tight race.

Although recent polls and the early election results suggested that Elder is unlikely to become California's governor in 2021, it was not clear that he would accept the will of the voters in the event of defeat on Election Day. Elder refused to say whether he would accept the results in pre-election interviews, while his campaign pre-emptively alleged that fraud would be at play and assembled a team of lawyers poised to challenge the results.

Newsom slammed Elder for suggesting that the election would be fraudulent unless he was the winner, telling MSNBC's Jacob Soboroff on Tuesday that the Republican campaign was "quite literally trying to dismantle democracy and trust in this country, our very nation" while vowing that he would "accept the will of the voters, no matter what it is, period, full stop."

Newsweek reached out to the Newsom and Elder campaigns for comment.

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Democrats push for changes to California recall efforts .
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom handily defeated a recall election that could have removed him from office, but his Democratic allies in the Legislature already are seeking changes that could make it harder to mount such a challenge in the future. © Provided by Associated Press Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks to the press after visiting with students at Melrose Leadership Academy, a TK-8 school in Oakland, Calif., on Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021, one day after defeating a Republican-led recall effort.

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