On Tuesday, Sept. 14, poll results confirmed Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom of California had survived the Republican recall effort.
Newsom was ahead by 32%, with 58% of votes counted late Tuesday, 66% of which agreed that he should remain as Governor, and 34% voting he should be unseated.
“I’m humbled and grateful to the millions and millions of Californians that exercised their fundamental right to vote,” Newsom in a victory speech, per Reuters.
The Democrat proudly thanked voters for supporting his liberal political points, including voting rights and vaccine policies.
“We said yes to science. We said yes to vaccines. We said yes to ending this pandemic. We said yes to people’s right to vote without fear of fake fraud or voter suppression,” he added.
“Economic justice, social justice, racial justice, environmental justice, our values where California has made so much progress, all of those things were on the ballot this evening,” the Governor stated.
Newsom also took a swipe at his opponent, conservative radio host Larry Elder who had campaigned to oust him from office. The recall election had been interpreted as a GOP power grab by Trump-aligned conservatives.
“Democracy is not football. You don’t throw it around,” Newsom said. “It’s more like an antique vase. You can drop it and smash it into a million different pieces. And that’s what we’re capable of doing if we don’t stand up and push back.”
“We may have defeated Trump, but Trumpism is not dead in this country,” he said.
That comment bore a reminder of how MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace called the Republican gubernatorial candidate for California governor “Trumpism in Blackface.”
Responding to the recall election result, Elder, who earlier alleged an election fraud potential, accepted Newsom’s victory.
“Let’s be gracious in defeat. We may have lost the battle, but we are going to win the war,” he told his supporters.
Elder received nearly 45% of the vote among the 46 candidates rallied against Newsom if he were to be recalled.
Newsom, a 53-year-old former lieutenant governor and mayor of San Francisco, was faced with the second gubernatorial recall election in state history, Reuters reports.
Throughout his first tenure in charge, he was troubled by obstacles, including the pandemic, homelessness, harsh drought, and major wildfires. Republican members had grown frustrated with his views about LGBTQ laws, immigration, and gun control.
Those who supported the recall had collected 1.5 million signatures from Californians who favored a special election.