As ballots are still being counted across the state, Governor Gavin Newsom has declared victory in today’s recall election he characterized as a GOP-backed attempt to disrupt California.
Data collected by the San Francisco Chronicle at 10:17 p.m. indicated 66.6% of Californians voted against the recall effort leaving only 33.4% for his recall. As expected, the leading candidate to replace Governor Newsom is Larry Elder, a black Los-Angeles based radio talk show host earning 44.3% of the vote.
Mendocino County’s current election numbers resemble the data gathered by the San Francisco Chronicle, with 69.76% of county residents voting to retain Governor Newsom while 30.24% voted to recall him. Of the replacement Republican candidates, Elder earned 38.2% of Mendocino County voters who voted yes on the recall.
Governor Newsom, in a speech to supporters tonight in Sacramento, said:
“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. We said yes to women’s fundamental constitutional right to decide for herself what she does with her body and her fate and future. We said yes to diversity. We said yes to inclusion. We said yes to pluralism. We said yes to all those things that he we hold dear as Californians and I would argue as Americans. Economic justice, social justice, racial justice, environmental justice. Our values, where California’s made so much progress. All of those things were on the ballot this evening.”
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