California Governor Gavin Newsom returns the recall by a wide margin
The campaign to remove Newsom from office in solid Democratic California looked like a long shot after that became clear in late April that it would make the ballot thanks to the low signature requirements of the state, but Democrats became concerned over the summer that the governor’s efforts were posing a real threat. While California had grown clearly bluer Ever since Democratic Governor Gray Davis was ousted and replaced by Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2003, Newsom’s allies feared that apathy and complacency could keep voters at home. Democrats also worried that a resurgent pandemic and the state’s deadly fire season could undermine support for Newsom at its worst.
While Survey only in June showed that the recall failed in the double-digit range, a number of surveys starting in mid-July had the “no” side just ahead, and most importantly an independent survey by SurveyUSA in August that actually found “yes” with a 51:40 lead prevailed, only increased Team Blue’s fear. Meanwhile, some Republicans hoped Elderwho was a nationwide syndicated radio host and frequent Fox guest, would power their own base and help them create a surprise.
Elder was the undisputed front runner against internal party rivals such as former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, who for years was considered one of the only rising stars of the GOP in the state; 2018 gubernatorial candidate John Cox, who briefly attracted national attention when he fought a 1,000 pound black bear; Rep. Kevin Kiley, the himself published a book calling on voters to call Newsom back; and reality TV star Caitlyn Jenner who actually canceled the election campaign to shoot a season of “Celebrity Big Brother” in Australia. But when Elder helped Republicans win their constituencies, it came at an enormous cost to the GOP.
The well-funded Newsom that outperformed opponents almost two to one, worked hard Frame the recall as an option between a Democratic governor who took the pandemic seriously and an extremist opponent of vaccination and mask mandates. Elder himself was only too happy to advertise as a far-right supporter of Donald Trump in a state that Joe Biden had worn 63-34. Among other things, the radio presenter explained that there are “gimmicks” in the 2020 elections; said he would appoint a Republican should the Senate seat of the Democrat Dianne Feinstein become vacant; and stood by his writings from 2002 and asked, “Are there legitimate business reasons for a venture capitalist to ask a female entrepreneur if and when she would like to have children? In any case.”
Polls in the past few weeks overwhelmingly showed that Newsom was way ahead, despite it being remains unclear when his summer swoon was the result of grassroots elections or a temporarily underexposed electorate. Prominent Republicans saw where the race was headed, however, and loudly spread lies about the legitimacy of Newsom’s impending victory before the election. Trump card passed the day before the vote that the competition “likely manipulated, ”while Elder advertised a website claimed he had “discovered fraud” with “result”[ed] on the reinstatement of Governor Gavin Newsom as governor “- five days before polling stations close.