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California Governor Newsom easily retains job, sweeps election

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5/5 © Reuters. California Governor Gavin Newsom, who faces a September 14 recall election, speaks during a campaign event at Long Beach City College Liberal Arts Campus in Long Beach, California, U.S., September 13, 2021. REUTERS/Leah Millis 2/5

By Sharon Bernstein

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) -California Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom handily beat back an effort to oust him from office in Tuesday's special election, overcoming a Republican campaign to unseat him over his liberal policies on immigration, COVID-19 and crime.

Newsom, a first-term governor beset by challenges including the COVID-19 pandemic, extreme drought and severe wildfires, boosted turnout among Democrats with a flurry of late campaigning and easily overcame the move by Republicans to recall him.

By late Tuesday, returns showed Newsom easily winning a majority of support from voters who said he should remain in office. With 46% of precincts reporting, Newsom was up by more than 30 points, with 67% support compared to 33% who wanted to recall him, state data showed.

U.S. television networks projected Newsom had defeated the recall effort about 40 minutes after polls closed on Tuesday.

"I'm humbled and grateful to the millions and millions of Californians that exercised their fundamental right to vote," Newsom said in a victory speech Tuesday night in the state capital of Sacramento.

"Economic justice, social justice, racial justice, environmental justice, our values where California has made so much progress, all of those things were on the ballot this evening," Newsom said.

The decisive win significantly bolsters Newsom's chances in next year's regularly scheduled gubernatorial elections, while weakening any likely Republican challengers, said Republican political strategist Mike Madrid.

Key to Newsom's success was an all-out campaign to mobilize a Democratic base that had initially been sleepy, assuming that the governor would win because the state is so overwhelmingly Democratic.

He made the campaign a referendum on former Republican U.S. President Donald Trump, linking Trump with his main challenger in the recall election, Larry Elder, a Republican talk show host who had made controversial statements about minorities and women.

In the final days of the race, Newsom appeared alongside President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, who formerly represented California as a U.S. senator and attorney general.

Malia Cohen, an elected member of the California Board of Equalization who spent the last several days campaigning to raise turnout among African American voters, said the effort was key to the campaign's success.

"You can feel the energy," Cohen said Tuesday. "I see 'No on recall' on bumper stickers and buttons people are wearing. I didn't see that until Friday."

With 34.3% of precincts reporting, Elder had garnered about 43% of the vote on the portion of the ballot asking who should replace Newsom if he were recalled, state data showed.

Elder has vowed to remove requirements for COVID-19 vaccines and mask wearing. In the days leading up to the recall vote, he and Trump pushed the narrative that Democrats planned to steal the election.

The removal of Newsom, who was elected in a landslide in 2018, would have set off alarms among Democrats, coming in one of the nation's most liberal states just over a year before the 2022 elections that will decide control of Congress.

Democrats outnumber Republicans 2-to-1 in the state, and polls consistently showed that a strong majority of voters opposed recalling Newsom.

But Democrats worried that complacency among their voters could have tilted the election toward Republicans. Newsom's immigration and crime policies - along with the governor's handling of the pandemic - fueled the petition drive by conservatives to put the recall question on the ballot.

In early voting and vote by mail, Democrats returned ballots at more than twice the rate of Republicans. This prompted fear among Republican leaders that their voters had taken to heart false claims of election fraud pushed by Trump and conservative media after Biden won the 2020 presidential election.

In response, the California Republican Party promised to fight for election integrity and released videos showing party officials confidently mailing in ballots.

Tying the recall effort to Trump and efforts in Texas, Georgia and other states to tighten abortion restrictions and impose new laws that Democrats believe curtail voting rights helped Democrats turn out their voters.

"We could see changes like what's happening in Texas," said Katie Van Note, 27, a dance instructor who voted in Oceanside, just north of Carlsbad, and described her politics as left-leaning.

The Secretary of State has until Oct. 22 to certify the results.

California Governor Newsom easily retains job, sweeps election
 

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Alejandro Ca
Alejandro Ca Sep 15, 2021 12:11PM ET
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Funny, most people who complain about California don't actually live there.
Tre Hsi
Tre Hsi Sep 15, 2021 12:11PM ET
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well, if you live in red state paradises like West Virginia or Mississippi, you'd be somewhat envious and jealous too
Transparent Labs
Transparent Labs Sep 15, 2021 9:49AM ET
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There really are a lot of criminal and highly unintelligent people in Cali.
Tre Hsi
Tre Hsi Sep 15, 2021 9:49AM ET
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you are right, over 3m of them voted for the republican recall candidates, go figure
simone scelsa
simone scelsa Sep 15, 2021 2:16AM ET
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I love high crime, high taxes, dirty streets, living next to homeless encampments, forest fires and corporations leaving to other states. I'm moving to California!
Mike Mike
Mike Mike Sep 15, 2021 2:05AM ET
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Guess comiefornians are beyond funk up.
Green Mango
Green Mango Sep 15, 2021 12:37AM ET
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CA was voting about 52 to 48 Dem until 2018 when they allowed ballot harvesting under consultant Eric Effing Holder. Now it's reported "heavily Democrat".? Figure it out. Captured
Tre Hsi
Tre Hsi Sep 15, 2021 12:37AM ET
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ahh, did you read that 52-48 numbers on the internet or did you made that up all on your own???  here are some facts - 2016 Hillary beat The Donald 61%-31%, 2012 Obama beat Romney 60%-37%.......now you can go back to your rant
Green Mango
Green Mango Sep 15, 2021 12:29AM ET
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Biased reporting, polls, and rigged election. I live in the exact area in SD County where this hippie chick was interviewed for the article. 5 to1 here people hate Gavin
Green Mango
Green Mango Sep 15, 2021 12:25AM ET
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They were never going to let him lose. Dems own the state, and teacher's Unions rig the vote. Everyone wanted this loser out. Cut off ag water, raised gas taxes,
Tre Hsi
Tre Hsi Sep 15, 2021 12:25AM ET
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"teacher's Unions rig the vote"  -- so the Teacher Union is now the new supervillian?  good to know
Mark Manley
Mark Manley Sep 15, 2021 12:24AM ET
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There really is no reason for California to exist, except to house the biggest pile of human refuse on the planet
Tre Hsi
Tre Hsi Sep 15, 2021 12:24AM ET
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California GDP is 15% of US and population is only 11% of US, which means California has above avg GDP per capita than US national average...........how's that compare to the red state paradises such as Mississippi or West Virginia?
Jospeh Kalm
Jospeh Kalm Sep 15, 2021 12:05AM ET
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In just the past week or so they found a passed out druggie in his car with hundreds of ballots...and many people who went to vote in person were told that they already voted. The most telling part is that California, one of the most blue/democrat states in the US, was legitimately concerned about a republican taking over to the point that they had to call Elder a "white supremacist" and even get Biden out of the basement to come and campaign for Newsom. Elder would have been CA's first black governor, but instead "woke" white people on TV were busy calling him "the black face of white supremacy" and instead defending another rich white career politician.
Whaling Trawler
Whaling Trawler Sep 14, 2021 10:06PM ET
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He's as gross as trudeau
Melissa Brown
Melissa Brown Sep 14, 2021 8:48PM ET
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If Californians vote to keep Newsom, then they deserve what they get.
Light Bringer
Light Bringer Sep 14, 2021 8:48PM ET
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thank you please don't come to Disneyland
Melissa Brown
Melissa Brown Sep 14, 2021 8:48PM ET
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Why go to Disneyland in California, when there's Freedom in Disney World Florida.
palmer gossett
palmer gossett Sep 14, 2021 7:31PM ET
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I'm pretty sure Newsom will remain in office. And California will have to hit rock bottom before it's residents wake up and rethink on voting for the right person instead of the political party
Mox Mox
Mox Mox Sep 14, 2021 3:40PM ET
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fak fake Reuters
Tre Hsi
Tre Hsi Sep 14, 2021 3:40PM ET
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keep covering your ears and throwing those temper tantrums, why stop now,  it's been working so well for you since last Nov's election.....
Eudon Hickey
Eudon Hickey Sep 14, 2021 3:26PM ET
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This will also be rigged
Pat Mathieu
Pat Mathieu Sep 14, 2021 11:47AM ET
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Dems need to stop blindly voting for whoever their mob boss tell them to and pick up their OWN candidate.
Tre Hsi
Tre Hsi Sep 14, 2021 11:47AM ET
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Of the people who voted yes to recall, 46% wanted the crazy talk show host Larry Elder and only 9% wanted the proven SD mayor Kevin Faulconer who actually knows how to run a govt, just goes to show how low the Party of Lincoln and Reagan has sunk these days........yeah, the republican voters really know what they are doing (sarcashm off)
Brian Walsh
Brian Walsh Sep 14, 2021 11:18AM ET
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If Dems win you can expect more of the same , crime, fires, homelessness and more authoritarian rule. God help Ca.
Tre Hsi
Tre Hsi Sep 14, 2021 11:18AM ET
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what exactly can a republican governor do differently to reduce fires or homelessness?  or maybe a republican governor can ban local mask/vaccine mandates, you know, by being less authoritarian (or is it more?)
Felipe Daniel
Felipe Daniel Sep 14, 2021 11:18AM ET
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Tre Hsi Enforce laws. In CA many cities do not prosecute theft in stores.
Poe ayodele
Poe ayodele Sep 14, 2021 11:18AM ET
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Reduce crime that's for sure. I live in California and the laws favor the criminals.
Tre Hsi
Tre Hsi Sep 14, 2021 11:18AM ET
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Felipe Daniel  "Enforce laws. In CA many cities do not prosecute theft in stores."  -- that's your answer to the question on what should a republican govt to to reduce fires or homelessness?  good lord, no wonder pretty boy Gavin beat the recall by 30%
Felipe Daniel
Felipe Daniel Sep 14, 2021 11:04AM ET
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Mainstream media is helping Newsome while ignoring real hate crime against Larry Elder, the media only cares about African Americans if they can use them to promote voting Democrat, if African American is Republican news does not care what happens to that person.
Felipe Daniel
Felipe Daniel Sep 14, 2021 11:04AM ET
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Tre Hsi Larry Elder was attacked by radical leftist while on the campaign
Timothy Lange
Timothy Lange Sep 14, 2021 11:04AM ET
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while wearing an ape mask.
Light Bringer
Light Bringer Sep 14, 2021 11:04AM ET
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🤣🤣
Tre Hsi
Tre Hsi Sep 14, 2021 11:04AM ET
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you didn't complain when Trump supporters physically beat up protesters in his rallies, but it's a hate crime when someone threw an egg at your candidate.....now tell me again how it's the liberals who like to play the race card???
Bill Pulak
Bill Pulak Sep 14, 2021 10:48AM ET
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Unless you change the way we vote the results from the last election forward will be decided well before anyone even votes? Maybe it is time to get rid of a rigged system to start
Bill Pulak
Bill Pulak Sep 14, 2021 10:48AM ET
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Surprised if  Newsom isn't already throwing a celebratory win party this morning?
Brian Walsh
Brian Walsh Sep 14, 2021 10:48AM ET
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Democrats seem to have no problem leaving Americans behind, unless they are a dim-witted dem politicians!
Kaveh Sun
Kaveh Sun Sep 14, 2021 10:43AM ET
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Ca is heavily Dems. If Newsome is gone, that shocks all.
taylor jason
taylor jason Sep 14, 2021 9:01AM ET
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all noise by salty conservatives that live 20 years in the past. Newsome won't be recalled
 
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