California Gov. Newsom survives recall election

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California Governor Gavin Newsom (D) defeated a Republican-backed effort to remove him, AP projected on Tuesday night.

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why it matters Via Nerdshala’ Margaret Tellaway: Tuesday’s results highlight the limitations of Republicans trying to use Trump tactics in a deeply democratic state.

  • The campaign of Larry Elder – a conservative radio show host and Black Republican who has embraced Trump and anti-COVID rhetoric – specifically compared Newsom’s to hurt by prompting Democrats to cast their ballots. Could have done more to help.

big picture: Newsom had the lead until Tuesday’s election, with several high-profile Democrats joining him on the campaign trail.

  • President Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) have each stayed in California in recent days. Former President Obama also appeared in a campaign ad.
  • Biden warned voters on Monday that if Newsom is ousted, the state would end up “a clone of Donald Trump” as governor.

Catch up soon: Recall efforts accelerated last year as frustration among many conservatives grew over Newsom’s COVID-19 restrictions and other policies.

  • Newsom has also been criticized for allegedly misleading the public about his office’s progress in wildfire prevention.
  • There were more than 45 candidates in the recall ballot, including Elder, who had emerged as Newsom’s biggest threat.
  • The California Republican Party decided not to support either candidate in the recall election, hoping the decision would unite their base toward defeating Newsom in a deeply democratic state.

Flashback: It was the second time in the state’s history that a campaign to recall a governor was successful in reaching the ballot.

  • California voters ousted Democratic Governor Gray Davis in 2003 and replaced Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger.
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