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Politics Trump released a statement claiming the California recall election was rigged less than an hour after polls closed

11:50  15 september  2021
11:50  15 september  2021 Source:   businessinsider.com

California's Newsom votes as recall against him nears end

  California's Newsom votes as recall against him nears end SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom voted to keep himself in office Friday, days before the recall election against him comes to a close. The Democratic governor cast his ballot at an early voting center in Sacramento alongside his wife, Jennifer Siebel Newsom, and took a glimpse of her vote. “I think we're gonna be alright," he joked. The last day to vote is Tuesday, and at least a third of California's 22 million registeredThe Democratic governor cast his ballot at an early voting center in Sacramento alongside his wife, Jennifer Siebel Newsom, and took a glimpse of her vote.

Gavin Newsom, Donald Trump are posing for a picture: US President Donald Trump has weighed in on the California recall election - which is projected to have been won by Gov. Gavin Newsom - calling it © Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images US President Donald Trump has weighed in on the California recall election - which is projected to have been won by Gov. Gavin Newsom - calling it "rigged." Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images
  • Former President Donald Trump is claiming the recall election in California is rigged.
  • Insider and Decision Desk HQ called the recall election for Gov. Gavin Newsom at 8:21 p.m. PT.
  • There is no evidence of widespread vote-rigging in the California recall election.
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Donald Trump's team released a statement from the former president via email blast on September 14, alleging there was "rigged voting" in California's recall election.

Democrats push for changes to California recall efforts

  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.

Insider and Decision Desk HQ called the race for Gov. Gavin Newsom at 8:21 p.m. PT. Newsom survived the recall and beat 46 other candidates, including controversial leading GOP contender Larry Elder. Insider received the email from Trump's team less than an hour after the polls closed in California.

"People don't realize that, despite the Rigged voting in California (I call it the 'Swarming Ballots'), I got 1.5 Million more votes in 2020 than I did in 2016," Trump wrote in the statement.

There is no evidence of widespread vote-rigging in the California recall election.

Trump went on to acknowledge that Newsom will "probably win," while zeroing in on the governor's handling of California's drought.

"The place is so Rigged, however, that a guy who can't even bring water into their State, which I got federal approval to do (that is the hard part), will probably win," Trump continued.

Gavin Newsom projected to win California recall race

  Gavin Newsom projected to win California recall race CNN and NBC both projected that Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom would win Tuesday's recall race in California.Newsom held an early and substantial lead in results from California's Tuesday recall election shortly after polls closed at 8 p.m. local time.

"Billions of gallons of water coming to California from the North is being sent out to sea, rather than being spread throughout the State. This is to protect the tiny delta smelt, which is doing far worse now without the water," Trump wrote.

California does have a history of water flowing into the Pacific Ocean and being wasted. And the delta smelt, a small blue fish that lives only in the San Francisco Bay and the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, is, as Trump wrote in the statement, in critical condition.

Trump also did get federal approval to divert water to irrigate farms in 2019, but The New York Times reported that this entailed lifting protections for fish like the delta smelt. In fact, Trump's actions might have driven the fish further toward extinction, per a 2019 Guardian report. In October 2018, Trump signed a memorandum asking federal agencies to slow the water to Central Valley farms, which could have left the smelt without the fresh, cold water they need to survive and thrive.

What Makes Newsom's Recall Election Different From Davis' 2003 Ouster

  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.

In the statement, Trump went on to claim there are similarities between California's recall election and the 2020 presidential election.

"Many people are already complaining that when they go to vote they are told, 'I'm sorry, you already voted' (Just like 2020, among many other things)," Trump wrote.

There is no evidence of voter fraud in the 2020 election and judges have ruled resoundingly against Trump campaign lawsuits that alleged voter fraud in 12 states, including Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, and Pennsylvania.

According to the Poynter Institute's Politifact fact-checker, there were two instances of voters being mistakenly told that they had already voted in this year's California recall election. However, they were allowed to cast provisional ballots, and there is no evidence that GOP voters were targeted.

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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.

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