California's Newsom Beat The Effort To Recall Him

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The Democratic governor survived an attempt to remove him from office, after weeks of anxiety from Democrats around the country.
President Joe Biden and California Gov. Gavin Newsom wave to the crowd as they campaign at Long Beach City College on Sept. 13.

Gavin Newsom, the embattled Democrat defending his seat as California's governor, will keep his position after handedly defeating the attempt to recall him in Tuesday's election.

Newsom needed a majority of California voters to vote "no" on the question of whether he should be recalled as governor, and Decision Desk HQ projects he has done so with votes still being counted.

"Tonight I'm humbled, grateful, but resolved in the spirit of my political hero Robert Kennedy to make more gentle the life of this world," Newsom said in brief remarks to reporters Tuesday night. "Thank you all very much, and thank you to 40 million Americans, 40 million Californians. And thank you for rejecting this recall."

The results are unsurprising, given that polling showed he had a large lead and Democrats have a sheer advantage in the state because they vastly outnumber Republicans. Nonetheless, Democrats went to great lengths to make sure Newsom didn't lose the race, allowing it to absorb much of the party's energy over the last month.

National Democrats, including President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, flew to the state to encourage voters to return their ballots, with particularly stark warnings about what would happen if Newsom were recalled and right-wing radio personality Larry Elder, the Republican frontrunner, replaced him. (All registered voters in the state were mailed a ballot in advance of…
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