The Gavin Newsom Recall Campaign announced Thursday that it gathered 2,060,000 signatures, eclipsing a self-imposed goal of 2 million by the 10th.
According to a press release by the Recall Gavin 2020 campaign, of the now 2 million-plus signatures, 1, 871,573 have been pre-verified internally through a third party, while 1.8 million signatures have already been sent to the registrar of voters offices in 58 counties. By law, only 1.495 million signatures, 12% of the total Gubernatorial vote in 2018, are needed to trigger a recall election. This means that even with a 25% signature rejection rate, far above the current state and campaign third party rates, the recall will have enough to be on the ballot this year.
“The People of California are speaking loud and clear,” exclaimed Chairman of The California Patriot Coalition – RecallGavin2020 Committee Orrin Heatlie on Thursday. “We have cleared another milestone. Politics as usual in California are over as we know it to be.”
Other campaign organizers shared the same sentiment.
“We Did It California! 2,060,000 signatures to RecallGavin2020,” tweeted Senior Advisor and Official Spokesman of the California Patriot Coalition – Recall Gavin Newsom 2020 Committee Randy Economy. “The People are in charge of California not you Gavin Newsom.”
— Randy Economy, Sr. Advisor @ #RecallGavin2020 (@EconomyRadio) March 11, 2021
Governor Newsom did not address the new number of signatures gathered on Thursday, adding to the trend of Newsom rarely responding to questions about the impending recall election. However, in a Wednesday NBC Nightly News interview, the Governor responded to a question about how worried he was about the recall and if he should be held accountable for some of the failures under his administration.
“Well the reality is that process started well before the pandemic,” Newsom told NBC. “This is part of being Governor of California. This is well-defined. And I’m focused on doing my job every single day.”
With the recall campaign gathering over 600,000 signatures in only a month, and other feats of quick, well-mobilized support, even during a pandemic, experts have said that Newsom is likely having at least some focus shifted towards the impending recall.
“It would be odd if he wasn’t,” said former lobbyist Harry Schultz in a Globe interview. “When I lobbied during the Gray Davis recall in 2003, it was much the same. Externally he just said he was focused on his job, especially with a few crises happening in the state at the time, even though we now know he had a lot of resources put forward protecting himself.
“I will grant Newsom has the pandemic, and honestly, this would be difficult for any Governor to manage, but this is still an unexpected election for him with a populace who has been more and more willing in recent years to recall officials. Even Democrats. And who knows what else will happen between now and the election?”
Organizers will have until next week to gather and mail-in remaining signatures. State officials will then have until April 29th to verify them and subsequently add the recall election to the ballot.