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California governor recall election: Voters reject recall of Gavin Newsom

Newsom prevails in his effort to remain in office

California voters decided Sept. 14 not to recall their governor from office. Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) avoided the fate of former governor Gray Davis (D), who was replaced by Arnold Schwarzenegger in a similar 2003 vote. Voters, who started casting ballots weeks ago, were asked two questions: Do you want to recall Newsom? And if the governor is recalled, who should replace him?

Republicans had criticized Newsom for the state’s homelessness and housing issues but in the past weeks targeted his efforts to blunt the pandemic. Newsom countered that a Republican leading California would void masking and vaccine mandates and thrust the state into a health-care crisis, pointing to Republican-led states such as Florida and Texas. The race’s national implications — the governor could be in a position to name a replacement for Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D), 88, were she to leave office before her term ends in 2025, threatening Democratic control of the body — drew President Biden and Vice President Harris to campaign with Newsom in California in the closing week.

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Should Gov. Newsom be recalled?

Newsom will retain his office, as 50 percent or more have voted against the recall. If Newsom had been recalled, the winner on the second question would become governor, even if the votes against a Newsom recall outnumbered those for the top alternative candidate.

Votes received and percentages of total vote
ResponseVotesPct.
Yes Yes 4,894,47338.1%
No No 7,944,09261.9
We estimate around all votes cast have been counted.

If Newsom is recalled, who should replace him?

Newsom retained his office, meaning the results of the second question do not matter. Most of the alternative candidates were Republicans. The leading alternative candidate was radio and television commentator Larry Elder, who is trying to persuade liberal California to vote for a conservative Republican statewide for the first time since 2006. He has been trailed by more-establishment Republicans such as former San Diego mayor Kevin Faulconer. Well-known Democrats stayed out of the race. The highest-ranking Democrat in early polls was YouTube financial adviser Kevin Paffrath.

Votes received and percentages of total vote
CandidateVotesPct.
Larry Elder Elder 3,563,86748.5%
Kevin Paffrath Paffrath 706,7789.6
Kevin Faulconer Faulconer 590,3468.0
Brandon Ross Ross 392,0295.3
John Cox Cox 305,0954.1
Kevin Kiley Kiley 255,4903.5
Jacqueline McGowan McGowan 214,2422.9
Joel Ventresca Ventresca 186,3452.5
Daniel Watts Watts 167,3552.3
Holly Baade Baade 92,2181.3
Patrick Kilpatrick Kilpatrick 86,6171.2
Armando Perez-Serrato Perez-Serrato 85,0611.2
Caitlyn Jenner Jenner 75,2151.0
John Drake Drake 68,5450.9
Dan Kapelovitz Kapelovitz 64,3750.9
Jeff Hewitt Hewitt 50,3780.7
Ted Gaines Gaines 47,9370.7
Angelyne Angelyne 35,9000.5
David Moore Moore 31,2240.4
Anthony Trimino Trimino 28,1010.4
Doug Ose Ose 26,2040.4
Michael Loebs Loebs 25,4680.3
Heather Collins Collins 24,2600.3
Major Singh Singh 21,3940.3
David Lozano Lozano 19,9450.3
Denver Stoner Stoner 19,5880.3
Sam Gallucci Gallucci 18,1340.2
Steve Lodge Lodge 17,4350.2
Jenny Rae Le Roux Le Roux 16,0320.2
David Bramante Bramante 11,5010.2
Diego Martinez Martinez 10,8600.1
Robert Newman Newman 10,6020.1
Sarah Stephens Stephens 10,5830.1
Dennis Richter Richter 10,4680.1
Denis Lucey Lucey 8,1820.1
James Hanink Hanink 7,1930.1
Daniel Mercuri Mercuri 7,1100.1
Chauncey Killens Killens 6,8790.1
Leo Zacky Zacky 5,7820.1
Kevin Kaul Kaul 5,6000.1
David Hillberg Hillberg 4,4350.1
Adam Papagan Papagan 4,0210.1
Rhonda Furin Furin 3,9640.1
Nickolas Wildstar Wildstar 3,7540.1
Jeremy Marciniak Marciniak 2,8940.0
Joe Symmon Symmon 2,3970.0
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We estimate around all votes cast have been counted.

By: Alexis Barnes, Aaron Brezel, Jason Bernert, Lenny Bronner, John Cherian, Hong Du, Armand Emamdjomeh, Holden Foreman, Dylan Freedman, Aditya Jain, Emily Liu, Paige Moody, Anthony Pesce, Erik Reyna, Ashlyn Still, Kavya Sukumar and Susan Tyler

Previous contributors: Sophie Andrews, Peter Andringa, Mohar Chatterjee, Madison Dong, Jess Eng, Alanna Flores, Simon Glenn-Gregg, Daniel Hoerauf, Jason Holt, Shana Hadi, Isabelle Lavandero, Deblina Mukherjee and Jeong Shin

Source: AP