LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Attempt to impeach California Governor Gavin Newsom has consistently failed.
While 100% of the districts were declared early Wednesday morning, 63.9% of the electorate, or 5.84 million Californians, voted against the recall, and 36.1%, or 3.29 million, voted in favor of the recall, according to the most recent figures released by. California State Department Office.
The race was quickly summoned by CBS News within an hour after polls closed at 8 p.m. Tuesday.
Newsom became the second governor in California history to face a recall election.
voters recall asked two questions on ballots. First, whether Governor Newsom should be recalled, and second, who would replace him if he did. He needed 50% or more voters to answer “no” to the first question to stay in office. When Newsom convincingly crossed that mark, the second question was quickly deemed irrelevant.
If things had gone differently in question #1, Republican talk show host Larry Elder would have claimed the governor’s office. For question #2, the Elder received 46.9% of the vote in the 46 substitute candidates, with Democrat Kevin Paffrath second with 9.8%, and Republican former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer third with 8.6%.
“I want to focus on what we say yes to as a state” Newsom told his supporters: in Sacramento after his win. “We said yes to science. We said yes to vaccines. We said yes to end this pandemic. We said yes to people’s right to vote without fear of fraudulent fraud or voter suppression. We said yes to a woman’s basic constitutional right to decide what she will do with her body, her destiny and her future.”
The elder was not so quick to accept, but he finally took the stage At 10 p.m. at his campaign night party in Costa Mesa and he conceded defeat.
“Let’s be gentle in defeat,” the elder told the crowd. “We may have lost the war, but we will win the war.”
Total voter turnout was 9.17 million statewide, or 41.6% of the state’s total of more than 22 million registered voters. “No” votes exceeded 5.84 million and yes votes exceeded 3.29 million.
In Los Angeles County, 70.8% of voters said “no” to the recall, for a total of 2.26 million. Turnout was 39.77% of the county’s more than 5.6 million registered voters.
In Orange County, the “no” vote received a total of 52.59 percent, or 464,164 votes. The “yes” vote was 418,362. Turnout was 49% of the county’s over 1.8 million votes.
With victory, Newsom escaped the fate of former California Governor Gray Davis, who was recalled and impeached in 2003. He was replaced by actor Arnold Schwarzenegger.
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