The amazing 2021 Recall Election of California Gov. Gavin Newsom is over and Newsom survived the recall attempt.
California media called the recall election minutes after polls closed at 8:00pm Tuesday evening announcing that Gov. Gavin Newsom had defeated the recall. The final tally is days or even weeks away, as California has 7 days to accept vote-by-mail ballots postmarked by September 14, 2021, and a full 30 days to complete the ballot counting.
All 22 million of California’s registered voters received vote-by-mail ballots.
The California Secretary of State reported 17,062 of 18,185 precincts partially reporting as of September 15, 2021, 1:15 a.m. The SOS states that Precincts are listed as “partially” reporting since vote-by-mail, provisional, and other ballots will continue to be processed and counted after Election Night.
Results will be certified by October 22, 2021.
The gap will close as the rest of the votes are counted. That is because the votes counted first are the ballots sent in ahead of “Election Day” by mail, or by those who voted early in person. The votes cast Tuesday either in person or by ballots dropped off, will be counted by election officials following the polls closing, as will ballots arriving in the mail postmarked by Sept. 14th.
As Globe contributor Thomas Buckley noted in our live update Tuesday, “So far, the walk-in turnout is a seemingly solid YES on the recall, garnering about 57 percent of the reported vote.”
The Newsom campaign never involved defending the governor’s record and instead went on the attack once it was evident that recall candidate Larry Elder was the frontrunner. The issues at the forefront of the California Recall Election were and continue to be spiking crime rates, school lockdowns and mask mandates, jobs lost and businesses closed due to the governor’s COVID lockdowns, the water shortage, record wildfires, and jobs lost due to AB 5, highest taxes in the country, a homelessness epidemic, endless regulation on businesses, and media home home price of $800,000… among other pressing issues.
These issues were not debated or defended by the governor.
Newsom’s team relied on Democrat heavy hitters invited to the state to campaign for him during the last weeks of the recall: President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, and Sen. Bernie Sanders.
2022 Gubernatorial Campaign Has Begun
With less than 18 months left in his term, the recall was a long shot. Expect to see the 2022 gubernatorial race begin. And that is because this was much less of a win for Newsom as it him fighting to keep his job. That the recall even made it to the ballot is the real mandate according to supporters, as millions of voters made sure to let the governor know they didn’t approve of how he has handled the job governing the largest state in the country.
The Globe will continue to update the recall results are they are released.
Gavin Newsom's closing message: "Vote NO for California's future".
Vote no for California's future, Gavin?
Vote YES for schools that serve our kids.
Vote YES for managing our forests.
Vote YES for safe & clean streets.
Vote YES for California's future.
— Larry Elder (@larryelder) September 14, 2021
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