California governor recall election: Gavin Newsom is not recalled by voters.
California voters decided against recalling their governor on Sept. 14. Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) averted the fate of previous governor Gray Davis (D), who was ousted in a similar 2003 vote by Arnold Schwarzenegger. Voters were presented two questions when they began casting ballots weeks ago: Do you want to recall Newsom? And who should succeed the governor if he is recalled?
Republicans have previously slammed Newsom for the state's homelessness and housing problems, but have shifted their focus in recent weeks to his efforts to contain the outbreak. Newsom argued that a Republican-led California would repeal masking and vaccination regulations, plunging the state into a health-care catastrophe, citing Republican-led states such as Florida and Texas as examples. The race's national implications — the governor could be in a position to name a replacement for Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D), 88, if she leaves office before her term expires in 2025, threatening Democratic control of the chamber — drew President Biden and Vice President Harris to California in the final week to campaign alongside Newsom.
Is Gov. Newsom recallable?
Newsom will maintain his office since a majority of voters (50 percent or more) voted against the recall. If Newsom had been recalled, the winner of the second question would have been elected governor, even if votes against a recall outweighed those for the top alternative candidate.
Who should replace Newsom if he is recalled?
Newsom retained his office, implying that the answer to the second question is irrelevant. Republicans comprised the lion's share of the alternative candidates. Larry Elder, a radio and television pundit, is the main alternative candidate, attempting to persuade liberal California to vote for a conservative Republican statewide for the first time since 2006. Establishment Republicans such as former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer have trailed him. Notable Democrats opted out of the campaign. According to early polls, the highest-ranking Democrat was YouTube financial expert Kevin Paffrath.