Elections have ended in California, where voters are deciding whether to oust Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom. The first return is expected soon.
If the majority of voters Vote “yes” to remember, He will be out of office and the person with the most votes on the second question of the ballot – who should replace Newsom – will take over.
The effort to oust Newsom, who was elected in 2018, was launched last year by conservative Californians to criticize the governor’s record on a range of issues. The effort gained momentum after Newsom criticized its handling of the pandemic.
Newsom was the first governor to enforce a stay-at-home order as the coronavirus spread unabated, a move later repeated in several other states. As pandemic-induced restrictions imposed to curb the spread of the virus on frustrated residents, Newsom visited Napa’s swanky French Laundry restaurant for a birthday party, a move he later called “a mistake”. said.
Conservative radio show host Larry Elder, Newsom’s chief challenger, campaigned about Newsom’s “disgusting failure” in handling the COVID-19 crisis, and what he believes is a strong showing of in-person voters. will lead them to victory. Elder is one of 46 candidates competing to replace Newsom, including former San Diego mayor Kevin Faulkner, and Newsom who defeated John Cox in the 2018 election.
There have been several attempts to recall governors throughout California’s historical political history, yet only once have the move been successful. In 2003, Democratic Governor Gray Davis was removed from office and replaced by Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger.
If Newsom retains his position as leader of the most populous state in the country, he will face re-election next year.
The recall election is expected to cost California more than $270 million.