California votes to keep Newsom

Gov. Gavin Newsom survived a spirited recall effort Tuesday evening and said he was “humbled” and “grateful” for voters who threw their support behind “all those things we hold dear as Californians.”

As early returns were released Tuesday night, the question of whether Newsom should be recalled was met with a resounding “no,” with nearly 70% of early ballots rejecting the move.

As more returns were tallied, Newsom maintained support of roughly two- thirds of voters. Every major network and news organization quickly called the race over — less than an hour after polls closed.

Newsom, appearing weary from weeks of intense campaigning, spoke to supporters in Sacramento and claimed victory, saying the resounding “no” vote was in support of democratic and progressive ideals and a rejection of cynical divisions.

“I want to focus on what we said yes to as a state,” Newsom said. “We said yes to science. We said yes to vaccines. We said yes to ending this pandemic. We said yes to people’s right to vote without fear of fake fraud or voter suppression. We said yes to women’s fundamental constitutional right to decide for herself what she does with her body, her fate and her future.

“We said yes to diversity. We said yes to inclusion. … We said yes to all those things that we hold dear as Californians, and I would argue as Americans — economic justice, social justice, racial justice, environmental justice. … All of those things were on the ballot this evening and so I’m humbled and grateful to the millions and millions of Californians who exercised their fundamental right to vote and expressed themselves so overwhelmingly by rejecting the division, by rejecting the cynicism.”

He added: “Tonight, I am humbled, grateful, but resolved in the spirit of my political hero Robert Kennedy to make more gentle the life of this world.”

The recall ballot contained only two questions: should Newsom be recalled — removed — from office, and if so, which of the 46 candidates on the ballot or seven write-in candidates should replace him?

Newsom needed 50% or more voters to respond “no” to the first question to remain in office. With Newsom quickly and convincingly passing that mark, the second question was quickly deemed irrelevant.

Had things gone differently, Republican talk show host Larry Elder would have claimed the governor’s office. Elder had more than 40% of the early vote, with Democrat Kevin Paffrath a distant second and former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer in third place.

Faulconer, speaking before any results were in, positioned the recall as “a referendum on Gavin Newsom’s failure,” saying, “That’s why so many Californians not only signed the recall petition, but that’s why Californians in all parts of the state, all party registrations, are ready for a change at the top.”

But he quickly conceded defeat Tuesday night.

`It’s clear that our work in California is not finished, he told supporters. “This recall showed that if you keep the focus on Gavin Newsom, he can be beat … the focus of this election turned into national politics and personalities.”

Elder was not so quick to concede. Representatives from his campaign insisted the night was still young, expressing hope that Republicans would surge back when results of in-person voting were tallied.

Another prominent Republican in the race, businessman John Cox, conceded defear early, but told supporters Tuesday night the fight to gain control of the state is not over.

“I’m a CPA. I’m a businessman,” he said. “I’m horrified at the waste, the corruption, the mismanagement of this state. I’m still hopeful that I’ll get a chance to manage this government and turn it around. But a message has been sent. A message has been sent to the majority party. This battle has just begun.”

President Joe Biden visited Southern California Monday night to urge voters to reject the recall, citing Newsom’s record on the coronavirus pandemic, women’s rights, climate change and minimum wage.

“We need science, we need courage, we need leadership. We need Gavin Newsom,” Biden said during an approximately 15-minute address at Long Beach City College.

“A governor who follows science, who’s got the courage to do what’s right.”

Biden sought to tie supporters of the recall to former President Donald Trump, who is tremendously unpopular in California.

“You either keep Gavin Newsom as your governor or you get Donald Trump,” Biden told the crowd of approximately 1,100, including Sen. Alex Padilla, D-California, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Los Angeles County Supervisors Janice Hahn and Hilda Solis.

“The choice should be absolutely clear. Gavin Newsom. You have a governor who has the courage to lead.”

Elder had dismissed the presidential support for the governor.

“If Gavin Newsom thinks that flying in Joe Biden and Kamala Harris — not exactly the most admired government officials at the present time — will make him look better, that’s all you need to know about how oblivious and detached Newsom is from a large majority of Californians,” Elder tweeted last week.

During a Monday morning appearance in Monterey Park, Elder repeated many of the recall’s themes — criticism of Newsom’s handling of issues such as homelessness, crime and the COVID-19 pandemic, accusing him of “ignoring science” in the imposition of business and school closures.

Elder also shot back at recall critics who have labeled it a “Republican” movement.

“There are 2 million people that signed that petition,” Elder said. “A good quarter of them to a third of them were the people who voted for him just two years earlier. I’m talking about independents and Democrats. Sixty- three percent of Hispanics voted for him two years ago. Now the majority of Hispanics want him out.”

Elder is an outspoken opponent of government mandates — such as those requiring mask-wearing or receiving COVID vaccines — and had vowed to eliminate them immediately if elected.

Democratic National Committee Chairman Jaime Harrison issued a statement Tuesday night calling the vote an overwhelming victory for the party’s agenda.

“Once again, voters rejected the Republican Party’s denial of the pandemic sweeping our country and their subsequent refusal to address it, rejected Republicans’ disproved theories about our elections and rejected Republicans’ unwavering loyalty to the man who caused it all — Donald Trump,” Harrison said.

From afar, Trump had repeated his refrain of questioning the integrity of recall election, suggesting without any evidence that the race was rigged — just as he did before and after he lost his presidential re-election bid to Biden.

In recent days, Elder picked up on that theme, with his campaign posting a link to an online election-fraud reporting website and the candidate himself refusing to say whether he would accept the results of the election.

With the victory, Newsom avoided the fate of former California Gov. Gray Davis, who was removed from office by recall in 2003. He was replaced by actor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Copyright 2021, City News Service, Inc.

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hifi5000
hifi5000
9 days ago

Governor Newsom only won because California Republicans went for Larry Elder who has no political experience and was a complete kook during the recall campaign.Had the Republicans came forward with a more serious candidate,things would have turned out differently. I was tempted to not vote for this recall vote as there is a general election next year.Had Elder won,he would have to get up to speed with the office.His inexperience would have shown and he would have been voted out.Newsom got the win,so the state is stuck with him for another year,unless a better candidate comes along in the general… Read more »

JF1
JF1
9 days ago
Reply to  hifi5000

True.

Dr Meowmeow
Dr Meowmeow
10 days ago

Common sense prevailed. We are working on water resilience, carbon neutrality, housing affordability, and we have managed COVID with a 20% lower death rate and better economy than Texas and Florida. The Republicans don’t have any useful ideas and voters know that.

JF1
JF1
9 days ago
Reply to  Dr Meowmeow

Yeah, let all the states go the way of California. Homelessness for every state! High taxes for every state! Rising crime for every state! Higher gas prices for every state! Lol.

Steve Martin
Steve Martin
10 days ago

The unintended consequences of the recall vote is that Gavin Newsom got huge national coverage for his win and positive attention from the New York Times which not only increased his credibility and stature here in California but put him on the national stage as a leader pushing back on the Trump alternative reality. It may also demonstrate that Democrats can mobilize their base in off year elections so maybe 2022 will be a year for optimism. The other result was that suddenly Larry Elder is the top Republican in the State and now he too has a national following.… Read more »

JF1
JF1
9 days ago
Reply to  Steve Martin

And on the flipside the ultra liberal progressives are destroying the Democratic Party and turning most of the country off. I don’t think extremes on either side is good and I think that we need to come more to center. And above all we have to stop hating “the other side” and find common ground as Americans. We’re all in this together. Meanwhile our enemies are laughing at us, watching us pulling ourselves apart and destroying ourselves.

Gay/menonly/fullstop
Gay/menonly/fullstop
11 days ago

They dragged everyone out including that Alter Cocker president. The one way to solve this crisis is a tax revolution. 50 percent for the Silicone Valley schmucks including Nancy Pelosi – who is worth $200 million. She made off her stock in Depends. Now back to the Unisex Toile Three or SHE!!!!!!!

:dpb
:dpb
10 days ago

You are disgusting.

curious
curious
9 days ago

Larry allows this comment but not one criticizing him. Bang up job, Mr. Editor.

JF1
JF1
11 days ago

It never ceases to amaze me the stupidity of some of the people in this state. Skyrocketing crime, off the charts homelessness, high taxes, and they vote to keep going in the same direction. I mean how dumb. You walk into traffic to get hit by a car and then you continue to walk into traffic again to get hit once more. Oh well, we’ve had a one party state for decades now and we see their policies fail time and time again and yet they remain in control. Very definition of insanity. The woke crowd, in my opinion, is… Read more »

08mellie
08mellie
11 days ago
Reply to  JF1

100%. Sheeple.

Matti
Matti
11 days ago
Reply to  JF1

The front-running candidate was very right of center. What did you expect is one of the most liberal-leaning states in the Union? If the recall initiators were serious, they would have rallied someone more moderate and interested in truly addressing our state-wide problems. The only chance this could have passed is if only our most right-leaning constituency had voted. I personally would have had a very hard time deciding if the alternative was a moderate candidate. This election provided an easy choice.

JF1
JF1
9 days ago
Reply to  Matti

I would have liked somebody more moderate to be the front runner too but at this point I’ll take any new direction and see what I get. Better than getting more of the same old nothing.

Chris Sanger
Chris Sanger
11 days ago
Reply to  JF1

Facts matter. The bottom 60% of the people in this state pay fewer state and local taxes than the same folks in Texas. Where taxes are higher in CA is from people at the top 40%. That’s a lot of people. But bottom line is CA is not a tax top heavy state, and that’s even before the reality that a lot of good is done with the money raised here.

Steve Martin
Steve Martin
10 days ago
Reply to  Chris Sanger

But why confuse people with facts? Thanks for the ray of common sense.

JF1
JF1
9 days ago
Reply to  Steve Martin

Look out your door and see rampant homelessness, one of the highest gas prices in the country, high taxes, crime on the rise, etc. etc. California was once the golden state and is now a Third World state. Common sense says you don’t keep going down the same road if it leads you off a cliff every time.

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Alan Strasburg
Alan Strasburg
10 days ago
Reply to  Chris Sanger

Facts do matter, and are so inconvenient to most right-wing talking points, that are usually devoid of fact, reason and logic.

JF1
JF1
9 days ago
Reply to  Alan Strasburg

Alan, what about the fact that California certainly isn’t in a better position than it was 25 or 30 years ago. I mean come on! You have got to recognize that having a one party state is not good. There is only one train of thought and no diversity of thought and that is not good.

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JF1
JF1
9 days ago
Reply to  Chris Sanger

What good? Or schools are a mess, our infrastructure is horrible, homelessness is out of control with addicts and the mentally ill on every sidewalk, our power goes out here more than any other place I have lived, crime is high, gas prices are high. What services and what good has CA done specifically? Facts do matter but not just the facts you like. The fact is, California is not the golden state it once was. And a record number of people are leaving the state. Why is that? Because of all the wonderful things the state does? The facts… Read more »

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C.R.
C.R.
11 days ago
Reply to  JF1

I was going to sit it out because I definitely haven’t been happy with Newsom. But recently, Gov. Abbott and Gov. DeSantis have shown the country that we can’t allow….THAT to proliferate. The only alternative was to keep Newsom rather than allow THAT to spread to California. There’s your explanation entirely.

JF1
JF1
9 days ago
Reply to  C.R.

Don’t agree.

greeneyedguy
greeneyedguy
11 days ago

What a BEAUTIFUL day to wake up to!

Thank you California.

:dpb
:dpb
10 days ago
Reply to  greeneyedguy

Wasn’t it. 🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼

Dr Meowmeow
Dr Meowmeow
10 days ago
Reply to  greeneyedguy

Agreed. Enough of the bitter naysayers offering their failed old ideas about free markets and trickle down economics. We’ve been there and done that and it’s a mess.

:dpb
:dpb
11 days ago

Huge sigh of relief… for now. The Republican Trump HATE machine will be back; they are hell bent on controlling each and everyone of us and destroying democracy.

Pete Buckley
Pete Buckley
11 days ago
Reply to  :dpb

You must work for the New York Times

Cy Husain
11 days ago
Reply to  Pete Buckley

And, also besties with Gavin Newsom, AOC of course and, Joe Biden; posting in the comment section of the WEHOville just to trigger people like you❗😲

greeneyedguy
greeneyedguy
11 days ago
Reply to  Pete Buckley

You still bitter about losing? awwww

JF1
JF1
9 days ago
Reply to  greeneyedguy

Kind a like the four years during the Trump administration when everybody on the left side of the aisle crapped their pants every day they were so upset. Lol

:dpb
:dpb
10 days ago
Reply to  Pete Buckley

You must not care about your quality of life.

Alan Strasburg
Alan Strasburg
10 days ago
Reply to  Pete Buckley

I’d take that as a compliment. The New York Times represents the best in journalism, rather than the infotainment that informs most of what we once called civil discourse.

JF1
JF1
9 days ago
Reply to  Alan Strasburg

Biased as they are. Journalists are supposed to be objective. That has gone out the window.

Dr Meowmeow
Dr Meowmeow
10 days ago
Reply to  :dpb

Their only ideas are cutting taxes and regulations (unless they’re regulating healthcare) and fighting for the right to do absolutely nothing to improve our futures.

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