SACRAMENTO (KPIX) — CBS News on Tuesday night predicted that he would win the “no” recall election, meaning Governor Gavin Newsom would remain in office.
Most Californians who voted in the recall election said they endorsed Newsom’s job as governor and voted overwhelmingly against the recall, which would have dismissed Newsom.
Less than an hour after the polls closed, Newsom addressed his supporters.
‘No’ isn’t the only thing that’s been said tonight,” he said. “I want to focus on what we as a state said ‘yes’ to. We said yes to science. We said yes to vaccines. We said yes to end this pandemic. We want people to vote without fear of fake fraud or voter suppression. We said yes to the right to use it.”
More than half of voters in this election said they felt Governor Newsom was “in touch” with the needs and concerns of Californians.
It won a “no” vote across most demographics: a majority of both men and women, White and non-White voters, and voters of all age groups all voted against the recall.
Newsom avoided a sad loss that would send Democrats into the fray ahead of the 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 reach the signature threshold required to trigger an election. The recall began in February 2020, when a group called the California Patriot Coalition aimed to remove Newsom due to COVID-19, homelessness, immigration, and government policies on taxes and affordability.
The recall effort really began after Newsom was seen dining at an upscale Napa Valley restaurant while their lockdown on indoor dining continued.
Leading GOP nominee and conservative radio talk show host Larry Elder, Gov.
“Meanwhile, we may have lost the war, but we will win the war,” the Elder added.
Reality TV star and former Olympian Caitlyn Jenner entered the race, but gained little momentum and left the state for part of the campaign to shoot a reality show in Australia.
Jenner spoke to fans on Tuesday night and expressed that she doesn’t believe Newsom has won so decisively.
“I can’t believe so many people voted to keep him in office. It’s a pity,” Jenner said.
Caitlyn Jenner, a GOP candidate in California, speaks after the vote to impeach the Government. Newsom failed: “I can’t believe so many people voted to keep him in office. It’s a shame.” https://t.co/cagDpkFQdS pic.twitter.com/2cONQbrtMu
— CBS News (@CBSNews) September 15, 2021
“You get the government you deserve,” he added.
California Democrats had a huge advantage in party registration, and no Republicans have won a statewide race since 2006. However, the current problems facing the state and concerns that the special election could herald the elections in 2022 brought national attention to the race.
According to election data firm L2, the early votes had broken 52% Democrats and 25% Republicans in terms of party enrollment – this early Democratic advantage was in line with expectations given that Republicans are more likely to attend Election Day.
DNC President Jaime Harrison made the following statement about the recall:
“Once again, voters rejected the Republican Party’s refusal to deny and subsequently address the pandemic that ravaged our country, reject Republican conspiracy theories about our elections, and reject Republicans’ unwavering loyalty to the man who caused it all – Donald Trump.
“Tonight is a victory for the bold agenda put forward by President Biden, Governor Newsom and the Democrats in Congress to build our country better, deliver on their promises and get our country back on track. I am confident that we will continue to do so in 2021, 2022 and beyond.
“Governor Newsom is providing the smart, capable, and focused leadership needed to keep Californians safe and better rebuild the state’s economy during the COVID-19 pandemic. He has a strong record of serving the people of California and I look forward to watching him continue in this critical role as governor.”