News Brief: California Gov. Gavin Newsom remains governor despite recall efforts

By CRAIG MORRISON

A sign at a polling location in California giving the public a place to vote in the 2021 California Gubernatorial Recall Election. “Vote!” by kgroovy is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

California voters decided to not recall Gov. Gavin Newsom from office on September 14, 2021. With more than 50 percent voting against the action, he will remain the governor of California.

Gov. Newsom is the second California governor to ever face a recall election in the history of California, and it is due to his response to the coronavirus pandemic. The first California governor recalled was Gray Davis and was replaced by Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2003 because of his handling of the state’s electrical crisis.

On the recall ballot, voters were asked two questions: Do you want to recall Gov. Newsom? If so, who should replace him?

If Newsom were to be recalled, there were 46 candidates to choose from. But, Larry Elder was the lead against the incumbent governor followed by Kevin Paffrath and Kevin Faulconer, respectively.

Elder, a well-known right-leaning talk radio host, received more than 40 percent of the vote from those who checked yes on the ballot. Elder received the majority of his votes from the northeastern set of counties in California compared to Newsom who received the majority of his votes from the southwest.

By defeating the recall election, Gov. Newsom will continue his full term in office and is eligible to be re-elected for the next California gubernatorial election in November 2022.

Lea este artículo en español aquí: https://ethic-news.org/2021/09/22/noticia-breve-el-gobernador-de-california-gavin-newsom-gana-a-pesar-de-los-esfuerzos-de-retirada/

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