In a recall election that proved ‘all about the the turnout,’ Governor Newsom crushed the Republican-led recall effort. With an estimated two-thirds of ballots counted, the “no” response to the question of whether to recall Newsom was ahead by a 30-point margin.
Shortly after the polls closed news outlets, including CNN, CBS, ABC, NBC and the Associated Press, called the race for Newsom; nearly 66% of voters opposed the recall, with 34% in support.
“No is not the only thing we said tonight,” Newsom said, speaking at state Democratic Party headquarters in Sacramento. “We said yes to science. We said yes to vaccines. We said yes to ending this pandemic. We said yes to people’s right to vote without fear of fake fraud or voter suppression.”
On the slate of candidates to replace Newsom, Republican radio talk show host Larry Elder led with 44.7%. Democrat Kevin Paffrath had 10.4% and former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, a Republican, had 9.2%. of the vote.
To clarify, Elder received 47% of the vote amongst all of the candidates who challenged Newsom in this very expensive and futile recall election. He lost over all by a thirty-point margin.
Elder conceded the election at party with supporters in Orange County.
“Let’s be gracious in defeat,” Elder said at an Orange County rally for volunteers, even as some of his supporters called on him to not accept the result. “We may have lost the battle but we are going to win the war.”