California Governor Survives Recall Bid, Retains Position

U.S. media reported that California Governor Gavin Newsom survived bids to have him ousted as state governor as he garnered the majority’s votes.

 Republican officials initiated a state-wide election on how Newsom handled the state’s pandemic response. 

Newsom announced in a press conference that he wanted to focus on the things that the state said ‘yes’ to. He said, “’No’ is not the only thing that was expressed tonight. We said yes to science, yes to vaccines, and yes to ending this pandemic.”

Newsom’s rival candidate, conservative radio host Larry Elder, launched a campaign website that claimed there was voter fraud before the elections even began. However, he acknowledged Newsom’s win during a speech in Costa Mesa. When the crowd booed hearing Newsom’s name, Elder said, “Let’s be gracious in defeat.”

The move for Newsom’s recall began in 2020 as the public expressed frustrations with his strict pandemic response, but the Delta variant’s widespread effect changed the voters’ views toward his health restrictions, which helped him shift the course of the race.

Newsom ended his speech by expressing his gratitude to 40 million Californians who rejected the recall bid.

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