Becoming the second Governor in the US to have checkmated a potential recall, California Governor Gavin Newson will stay on at his current post for the rest of his term.
The recall petition was introduced in February 2020, before the COVID-19 pandemic spread in California. The reasons stated on the recall petition include favoring foreign nationals over citizens, the state’s highest taxes, homelessness rates, and failure to implement immigration laws. Apart from this, Newsom’s handling of the coronavirus was also largely criticized.
“I’m humbled and grateful to the millions and millions of Californians that exercised their fundamental right to vote,” Newsom said in a victory speech Tuesday night in the state capital of Sacramento. “Economic justice, social justice, racial justice, environmental justice, our values where California has made so much progress, all of those things were on the ballot this evening,” Newsom said.
“’No’ is not the only thing that was expressed tonight,” Newsom said at the news conference. “I want to focus on what we said ‘yes’ to as a state: We said yes to science, we said yes to vaccines, we said yes to ending this pandemic.”
During the recall vote, voters were asked two questions: Should Newsom be recalled, and, if so, who should replace him? Only a handful of the 46 names on the replacement ballot had any level of public recognition, but most failed to gain traction with voters.