GOV. Gavin Newsom has won the recall election, based upon multiple projections and exit polling.
California voted to keep Newsom in power, meaning the 46 candidates currently vying for voters’ support will not have a chance to run.
Meanwhile, talk show host Larry Elder maintains a clear lead among the candidates, as he warns followers against “election fraud.”
Elder launched a website yesterday for supports to sign petitions for the election to be audited and report election irregularities.
“Join us in this fight as you are able, primarily by signing our petition demanding a special session of the California legislature to investigate and ameliorate the twisted results of this 2021 Recall Election of Governor Gavin Newsom,” the website says.
Joe Biden headed to California yesterday to campaign with California Gov. Gavin Newsom.
Newsom also has been one of the most aggressive governors when it comes to the coronavirus, mandating that children wear masks in school and that health care workers get the vaccine.
Elder has slammed Harris and Biden over their appearances, claiming they are trying to distract attention from Newsom’s record on widespread homelessness, rising crime, and long-running school and business closures during the pandemic.
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NEWSOM BECOMES THE SECOND GOVERNOR TO DEFEAT RECALL
Gavin Newsom became the second governor in US history to defeat a recall.
Republican Scott Walker, who served as governor between 2011-19, survived efforts to recall him in 2012.
Newsom said his victory was a win for science, women’s rights, and other liberal issues.
He told Democratic supporters: “No’ is not the only thing that was expressed tonight. I want to focus on what we said ‘yes’ to as a state: We said yes to science, we said yes to vaccines, we said yes to ending this pandemic.”
‘NO REGRETS’, SAYS TEXAS CONGRESSMAN
Texas congressman Dan Crenshaw has appeared to congratulate Larry Elder – moments before the GOP candidate conceded defeat.
He tweeted: “Great job Larry Elder for giving it everything. No regrets!”
He appeared to suggest that a Republican governor would “bring balance” to California’s government, citing examples in Massachusetts and Maryland.
Maryland has been a Democratic stronghold since 1992 while Massachusetts has not voted for a Republican presidential candidate since 1984.
But, the governors of both states are Republican.
3 IN 4 REPUBLICANS AND CONSERVATIVES VIEW ELDER ‘FAVORABLY’
Exit polling data reveals that Republican and conservative voters viewed Larry Elder “favorably”.
This was a feeling held by more than three in four voters who wanted to recall incumbent governor Gavin Newsom, according to CBS.
Elder has since conceded the contest, telling his supporters to be “gracious” in defeat when Newsom’s name was booed at a ceremony in Cosa Mesa.
REACTION CONTINUES TO POUR IN
ELDER: ‘BE GRACIOUS IN DEFEAT’
Larry Elder told voters to be “gracious in defeat” as he appeared to concede the recall election.
The GOP candidate is currently addressing supporters in Cosa Mesa, Orange County.
Some of his supporters started to boo when Gavin Newsom’s name was mentioned.
In a rallying cry, Elder said that they are “going to win the war”, having “lost the battle” to oust Newsom.
COVID MOST IMPORTANT ISSUE FOR NEWSOM VOTERS, SAYS EXIT POLL
Gavin Newsom looks to have defeated efforts to recall him from office.
As polls closed on Tuesday, NBC News conducted exit polls consisting of early and Election Day voters.
It’s reported that 70 percent support students wearing face masks in school, and 63 percent believe that getting vaccinated against Covid is more of a “public health responsibility”.
Newsom’s supporters said the pandemic was the most important issue for them, according to NBC.
Meanwhile, for voters that backed the recall, 27 percent said the economy was the top issue – followed by homelessness and crime.
Larry Elder appears to have conceded in the recall election.
He told his supporters: “Let’s be gracious. We may have lost the battle, but will win the war.”
With 65 percent of the vote in, the “No” campaign is currently leading with 5,583,520 votes.
NEWSOM: ‘TRUMPISM ISN’T DEAD’
California governor Gavin Newsom warned that Trumpism isn’t dead in America – despite staving off attempts to oust him from office.
He said: “I think about just in the last few days, the former president put out saying this election was rigged.
“Democracy is not a football. You don’t throw it around.
“We may have defeated Trump, but Trumpism is not dead in this country.”
Newsom told supporters that California had “rejected cynicism and bigotry and chose hope and progress”.
The governor said Californians had said “yes” to science, vaccines, and ending the Covid-19 pandemic.
‘THE ELECTION WASN’T CLOSE’
Congressman Ted Lieu appears triumphalist following California Governor Gavin Newsom’s apparent victory in the recall election.
He claimed: “The California Recall Election was not close. The largest state in America, with the fifth-largest economy in the world, voted to crush Trumpism.
“Congratulations to Gavin Newsom. California will continue to move forward under his leadership.”
Meanwhile, Democratic Party chair Jaime Harrison said Newsom has a “proven record” of delivering for Californians.
‘ELECTION FAR FROM OVER’
Former Lieutenant Governor of California Abel Maldonado has told supporters of GOP candidate Larry Elder that the election is “far from over”.
This is despite US networks projecting that incumbent Gavin Newsom has defeated the recall efforts.
Newsom told his fans that California had “rejected cynicism and bigotry and chose hope and progress”.
CALIFORNIA ‘DOESN’T DESERVE’ ELDER
ELDER OPENS VOTER FRAUD PORTAL
Elder’s website was set up for residents to report any irregularities while voting and to sign a petition to ask that the election to be audited.
“Join us in this fight as you are able, primarily by signing our petition demanding a special session of the California legislature to investigate and ameliorate the twisted results of this 2021 Recall Election of Governor Gavin Newsom,” the website states.
The website then went on to claim that voters who “cast improperly formed ballots have an advantage over voters who cast their ballots in person.”
ELDER CRIED ‘FRAUD’
The day of the election, Elder claimed the presidential election was full of “shenanigans” and that he was worried about the same in California on September 14.
“The 2020 election, in my opinion, was full of shenanigans. And my fear is they’re going to try that in this election right here and recall,” he told Media Buzz on Sunday.
“So I’m urging people to go to ElectElder.com. Whenever you see anything, hear anything suspicious, go to my website.
“We have a battery of lawyers. We’re going to file a lawsuit in a timely fashion this time.”
QANON CALIFORNIA THEORY
The California recall election became the next predicted moment of reckoning for the QAnon movement.
According to Vice, Ron Watkins, whose site 8kun facilitated the rise of QAnon, posted last weekend calling attention to the election.
He made baseless allegations on his Telegram account about Newsom’s “bot army” and claimed that it was going to “attack you and try to convince you to not go out and vote.”
“They hired a bot army to convince you not to vote in the CA recall because they are panicking,” he wrote in another message.
John Sabal, the organizer of the biggest QAnon conference, also claimed that Newsom is the key to the “storm.”
“DETHRONING Newsom is THE catalyst for the MAIN EVENT,” he wrote on his Telegram channel.
Biden held a rally for Governor Gavin Newsom in California on Monday in support of the Democrat keeping his seat in the upcoming recall election.
He leaned heavily on comparisons between the Republican frontrunner, Larry Elder, and former President Donald Trump.
“All of you know that last year, I got to run against the real Donald Trump,” Biden said before making the sign of the cross, to laughter and cheers from the audience.
“This year, the leading Republican running for governor is the closest thing to a Trump clone that I’ve ever seen,” Biden said.
BIDEN CAMPAIGNED FOR NEWSOM
Biden traveled to California the day of the election to urge voters to keep Newsom in office as a means of dampening the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“People are doing everything they can to block or undermine the life-saving mandates that we proposed, putting their people at risk, putting their children at risk, putting their states at risk,” Biden said.
Biden also took issue with Larry Elder’s previous statements about climate change.
“It’s hard to believe there are any climate deniers left in America,” he said. “The last place you want someone like that is in the governor’s office in California.”
POLLS CLOSED IN CALIFORNIA
The polls closed in California at 8pm local time.
Some results will come in not long after the polls close, but the election won’t be officially certified by the Secretary of State until October 22, according to CapRadio.
ELDER URGES VOTERS ‘STAY IN LINE’
IS NEWSOM RELATED TO NANCY PELOSI?
Newsom’s parents, William and Tessa were prominent in San Francisco, as William worked as a judge in California.
William’s sister Belinda Barbara Newsom married Ron V. Pelosi in 1956 and established the tie between the families.
Pelosi has a brother named Paul who married Nancy D’Alessandro, who then became Nancy Pelosi.
Nancy is Newsom’s aunt-by-marriage.
Newsom won the California recall election, with 61percent voting “no” and 38percent voting “yes” to whether to recall the governor.
Meanwhile, Larry Elder maintained an around 30percent lead over the runner up among recall candidates.
NEWSOM SPEAKS AFTER VICTORY
Gov. Gavin Newsom spoke at the Democratic Party Headquarters in California after his victory in recall election.
“We are enjoying an overwhelmingly no vote tonight here in the state of California,” he said.
‘STOP MESSING AROUND’
Amy Klobuchar tweeted as the results of the recall came out that voters want to “let the Governor do his job and stop messing around with our democracy.”
NEWSOM WINS RECALL
CBS News projects that Gov. Gavin Newsom will officially win the election, with a majority of voters choosing not to hold a recall election.
POLLS LEAN ‘NO’ ON RECALL
So far in the ballot counting process, the vote count leans “no” on the question of whether a recall election should be held, according to early counting by CBS.
As of 8:38pm local time, the vote for “no” has 67percent, while “yes” has 33percent.
If votes against a recall election stay in the majority, Newsom will remain governor and an election will not be held.
WHEN WAS CALIFORNIA’S RECALL ELECTION INTRODUCED?
The recall petition was first introduced in February 2020, before the Coronavirus became a pandemic.
It has to do with Gov Newsom’s handling of previous issues, from immigration to homelessness to property taxes and more.
A petition received 1.7million signatures for a recall vote in April 2021 and passed the threshold needed to trigger the vote.