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California says “YES” to Gov. Gavin Newsom Again

After several months of campaigning for a recall and the recall itself, California Gov. Gavin Newsom defeated the recall on Tuesday’s election. The overwhelmingly Democratic state showed support for Newsom, and a healthy turnout prevented the Governor from losing his governorship.

With two-thirds of ballots counted so far, “no” on whether to recall Newsom is ahead by 30-point margin, which was built on votes cast by mail and in advance of Tuesday’s in-person balloting. The Republicans’ candidate was talk radio host Larry Elder, but as of now, it seems he will not be affecting politics more than as a radio show host.

The recall questioned Newsom’s approach to the pandemic including mask and vaccine mandates, with at least some of the intent going into the questioning of the effect of Trumpism and whether the state had enough turnover to defeat the supermajority of Democratic strength in the state. The recall results seem to indicate this is not true. In fact, despite Republican hopes that the frustration over pandemic precautions would drive voters away from Democrats, and they certainly could have expected such result, as the Republicans won back at least 4 U.S. House seats last year. But unlike the federal elections, state recall showed itself to be a different matter entirely, as Democrats outnumber Republicans almost 2-to-1 in California, so the results may not translate to something specific to the state such as governor recall.

Trump attempted to argue that the election was rigged, echoed by Elder’s campaign; however, Elder himself did not mention of fraud.

He is the second governor of U.S. history to defeat a recall, which is likely going to continue to show him as a key figure in the Democratic party. Furthermore, Newsom’s competition had some public recognition, but failed to gain traction with voters. Elder’s opposition to the minimum wage and abortion rights was marketed by the Democratic party as being out of touch with Californian values. Caitlyn Jenner also made some publicity but gained very little momentum and left the state to film a reality show in Australia instead.

Newsom is up for a reelection next year, and while the president and other prominent Democrats supported Newsom, Republicans have mainly kept their distance.

Some believe that Newsom has potentials for the White House, although VP Harris’ own ambitions might need to be considered as a native from San Francisco.

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