SACRAMENTO (KPIX) – TUSEN News predicted Tuesday night that the “no” vote would win the recall election, meaning Gov. Gavin Newsom will remain in office.
Most Californians voting in the recall election said they approved of Newsom’s job as governor, and those who did voted overwhelmingly against the recall which would have removed Newsom from his post.
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More than half of voters in this election said they felt Governor Newsom was “in touch” with the needs and concerns of Californians.
The “no” won out over most demographic groups: majorities of men and women, white and non-white voters, and voters of all age groups all voted against the recall.
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Newsom avoided an upset defeat that would have sent Democrats scrambling ahead of the upcoming 2021 gubernatorial elections in New Jersey and Virginia, as well as the 2022 midterm elections.
The September 14 election was the sixth recall attempt against Newsom, but the first to meet the signature threshold needed to trigger an election. The recall began in February 2020, when a group called the California Patriot Coalition aimed to suppress Newsom for its policies on COVID-19, homelessness, immigration and taxes and the state’s affordability.
The recall effort really took off after Newsom was spotted dining at an upscale Napa Valley restaurant while his lockdowns on indoor dining were in place.
California Democrats had a huge advantage in party registration, and no Republican has won a statewide race since 2006. But the current issues facing the state and the concerns that the special election could be an indicator that the 2022 elections have drawn national attention to the race.
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According to election data company L2, the first polls had passed 52% of Democrats and 25% of Republicans.