LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – The effort to remove California Governor Gavin Newsom from office has failed decisively.
With 100% of constituencies declaring early Wednesday morning, 63.9% of voters voted against the recall and 36.1% voted in favor, according to the latest figures released by the California Secretary of State’s office.
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The race was quickly called by CBS News less than an hour after the polls closed at 8 p.m. on Tuesday.
Newsom is the second governor in California history to face a recall election.
Voters were asked two questions on their recall ballots. The first was whether Governor Newsom should be recalled, and the second was who should succeed him if he is. He needed 50% or more of the voters to answer “no” to the first question to stay in office. With Newsom convincingly surpassing that mark, the second question was quickly deemed irrelevant.
If things had turned out differently on Question 1, Republican talk show host Larry Elder would have claimed the governor’s office. For Question 2, Elder got 46.9% of the vote in the field of 46 replacement candidates, with Democrat Kevin Paffrath far second at 9.8% and former Republican San Diego mayor Kevin Faulconer in third. with 8.6%.
“I want to focus on what we said yes to as a state,” Newsom told Sacramento fans after his victory. “We said yes to science. We said yes to vaccines. We said yes to the end of this pandemic. We said yes to citizens’ right to vote without fear of fraudulent fraud or voter suppression. We said yes to the fundamental constitutional right of women to decide for themselves what to do with their bodies, their destinies and their future.
Elder wasn’t that quick to concede, but he eventually took the stage on his campaign night in Costa Mesa at 10 p.m. and admitted defeat.
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“Let’s be graceful in defeat,” Elder told the crowd. “We may have lost the battle, but we will win the war. “
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The total turnout was 9.17 million statewide, or 41.6 percent of the state’s total of over 22 million registered voters. “No” votes totaled over 5.84 million, yes votes over 3.29 million.
In Los Angeles County, 70.85% of voters said “no” to the recall, or 1.59 million in total. The turnout was 39.77% of the county’s more than 5.6 million registered voters.
In Orange County, “no” votes totaled 52.59%, or 464,164 votes. The “yes” votes totaled 418,362. The turnout was 49% of the county’s more than 1.8 million votes.
With the victory, Newsom avoided the fate of former California Governor Gray Davis, who was removed from office by dismissal in 2003. He was replaced by actor Arnold Schwarzenegger.
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