Republican activists wanted Gavin Newsom to be voted out of office. However, according to initial forecasts, a large majority of Californians voted for the Democratic governor.
California Governor Gavin Newsom won a vote on his removal by a large majority. After more than 60 percent of the votes were counted, the US Democrat Newsom was ahead with around two-thirds of the vote, as reported by CNN and NBC on Tuesday evening (local time). Due to its clear lead, both broadcasters expect Newsom to remain the governor of the most populous US state.
Because millions of people had voted by postal vote, the majority of the votes could be counted shortly after the polling stations closed at 6 p.m. local time (5 a.m. CEST).
Newson was already ahead in polls
Polls before the vote had already shown Newsom a head start. Nevertheless, leading US Democrats, including President Joe Biden, had called for voting and warned of a governor in the style of ex-President Donald Trump in the event of a Republican victory.
Conservative activists initiated the so-called recall. To be voted out, more than half of the voters should have voted “yes”. 46 candidates had applied to succeed Newsom. His main challenger was right-wing radio host Larry Elder, who openly supported Trump.