California recall election results LIVE: Gavin Newsom fends off recall vote saying state voted YES to 'beating pandemic'

GAVIN Newsom will remain governor of California as his GOP rival Larry Elder conceded defeat following Tuesday’s recall election.

With around 66 percent of the votes counted, projections show that the “No” campaign will win the election.

Gov Newsom told Democrats in Sacramento that Californians had “rejected cynicism and bigotry and chose hope and progress”.

He said that voters had said “yes” to science, vaccines, and ending the Covid pandemic.

Meanwhile, radio host Elder told his supporters to be “gracious” in defeat.

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    GAVIN NEWSOM WARNS THAT ELECTION SHOWS ‘TRUMPISM ISN’T DEAD’

    California governor Gavin Newsom warned that Trumpism isn’t dead in America – despite staving off attempts to oust him from office.

    He said: “I think about just in the last few days, the former president put out saying this election was rigged.

    “Democracy is not a football. You don’t throw it around.

    “We may have defeated Trump, but Trumpism is not dead in this country.”

    Newsom told supporters that California had “rejected cynicism and bigotry and chose hope and progress”.

    The governor said Californians had said “yes” to science, vaccines, and ending the Covid-19 pandemic.

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    WHAT ARE CALIFORNIA’S FACE MASK POLICIES?

    As of July 28, 2021, in the state of California, face coverings are required indoors for K-12 schools, childcare, and other youth settings according to the California Department of Public Health.

    There has been a rise in COVID-19 cases across the country in summer camps that are mostly from unvaccinated children and staff.

    The COVID-19 vaccines have been approved for those 12 years and older.

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    GAVIN NEWSOM DENOUNCES FRAUD CLAIMS

    The claims of fraud — both from Elder and former President Donald Trump — prompted a rebuke from Newsom in an election night victory speech.

    "Democracy is not a football. You don't throw it around," Newsom said. "It's more like a, I don't know, an antique vase. You can drop it and smash it into a million different pieces. And that's what we're capable of doing if we don't stand up to meet the moment and push back."

    There were few reported problems with voting on Tuesday. A polling center in Tulare County was closed because of a wildfire, with voters redirected to nearby alternatives. And a poll worker at a West Hollywood voting site was removed for wearing a pro-Trump shirt, according to the Los Angeles County Registrar's Office.

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    GAVIN NEWSOM CELEBRATES HIS WIN ON TWITTER

    Gavin Newsom emphatically declared victory last night saying California had voted YES to progressive values.

    He said the vote was a 'yes' for tackling the climate change, ending the apdnemic and making a better future for everyone.

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    WHAT DO THE BALLOTS SAY?

    Throughout the state, all registered voters were sent ballots in the mail that have two simple questions:

    1. Do you want to recall the governor?
    2. If the governor is recalled, who do you want to replace him?

    If 50 percent of voters answer the first question with “no” then Newsom will remain in office until his term expires in January 2023, if not, a replacement will be chosen based off the second question.

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    DID CAITLYN JENNER RUN TO BE GOVERNOR?

    Olympian and reality star Caitlyn Jenner did announce she would be running in the recall election to replace Gavin Newsom.

    However she found her support fizzled and had a number of gaffes on the campaign trail such as suggesting she would ensure Trump's border wall was built – even though that is not in power of the California governor.

    She then decided to enter the Big Brother house in Australia instead.

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    WHY DID GAVIN NEWSOM PULL HIS CHILDREN OUT OF SUMMER CAMP THIS SUMMER?

    He pulled his children out of a summer day camp that did not require kids to wear masks which is a violation of state policy.

    A spokeswoman said: "The Newsoms were concerned to see unvaccinated children unmasked indoors at a camp their children began attending yesterday and after seeing this, removed the kids from the camp,” Erin Mellon said in an email.

    "The family reviewed communication from the camp and realized that an email was missed saying the camp would not enforce masking guidance. Their kids will no longer be attending this camp."

    The state’s masking rules require everyone, even vaccinated people, to wear masks in youth settings.

    This is because children under 12 are not eligible to be vaccinated.

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    WHO ARE GAVIN NEWSOM'S KIDS?

    Montana Tessa
    She is 12. Her first name commemorates the site of her parents’ wedding, and her second name is that of her paternal grandmother.

    Hunter
    He is ten. His middle name was not included in his public birth announcement. 

    As for the first name, his mom has said only that it is her favorite for a boy.

    Brooklynn Stacia
    She is eight. The name combines those of two of her mother’s sisters, which is Brooke and Stacia — and Siebel Newsom’s own middle name, Lynn.

    Dutch William
    Dutch, five, is for the Placer County town of Dutch Flat, where Gavin Newsom’s father had a home. 

    William is the name of the boy’s paternal grandfather.

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    WHAT HAS NEWSOM SAID ABOUT THE VICTORY?

    Gavin Newsom has defeated a recall aimed at kicking him out of office early, a contest the Democrat framed as part of a national battle for his party's values in the face of the coronavirus pandemic and continued threats from "Trumpism."

    Newsom won a quick victory in the race boosted by healthy turnout in the overwhelmingly Democratic state.

    He cast it as a win for science, women's rights and other liberal issues, and it ensures the nation's most populous state will remain in Democratic control as a laboratory for progressive policies.

    "'No' is not the only thing that was expressed tonight," Newsom said. "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."

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    HOW MANY COVID DEATHS HAVE THERE BEEN?

    Gavin Newsom's policies to prevent the spread of Covid-19 have both been condemned and praised.

    In the U.S. a lot of measures such as mask mandates and stay at home orders can only be imposed a state-wide level – opposed to country wide as in other countries such as the UK.

    So far California has reported 67,422 deaths out of 4.61m recorded cases and total recorded population of 39.5m.

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    WHEN WAS THE RECALL FIRST INTRODUCED?

    The recall petition was first introduced in February 2020, before the Coronavirus became a pandemic and has to do with his handling of previous issues from immigration to homelessness to property taxes. 

    A petition received 1.7million signatures for a recall vote in April 2021, surpassing the threshold necessary to trigger the vote. 

    Since the recall was originally broached in February 2020, many have praised the strict mask mandates and substantial economic support California has implemented under Newsom.

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    WHO IS RADIO HOST LARRY ELDER?

    Born April 27, 1952, Elder, 69, is known as an American conservative talk radio host, author, politician, and attorney who also hosts The Larry Elder Show. 

    Elder got his start in radio back in 1993 after The Larry Elder Show started on the Los Angeles radio station KABC. The show stayed on-air until 2008 and came back from 2010-2014.

    After Elder got his law degree from the University of Michigan Law school he practiced for a few years before being discovered by SRN host Dennis Prage who recommended him to George Green, KABC's General Manager as a host.

    Throughout his career he has also published five books, including, The Ten Things You Can't Say In America, Double Standards: The Selective Outrage of the Left, and Drear Father, Dear Son: Two Lives… Eight Hours.

    If he had won he would have been the first black governor in the state's history.

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    NEWSOM AHEAD BY 32 POINTS

    With 58% of precincts reporting late in the evening in California, Governor Gavin Newsom was ahead by 32 percentage points.

    66% of voters have so far said he should stay in office and 34% have said he should be removed.

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    HOW DOES A RECALL ELECTION WORK?

    A recall ballot is essentially held in two parts.

    The first part is a question over whether the voter believes Gavin Newsom should be removed from office. If they vote YES they go the second part of the ballot where there are a list of 43 candidates to replace him.

    If more than half of people vote to recall Newsom in the first part, whomever has the largest share of votes from the second part will be put in his place. If there are not enough votes to recall Newsom, the second part is disregarded.

    It is not like a traditional election in that Newsom is not up for reelection – the other candidates are merely there as alternatives in case people want to get rid of him.

    Click here for more information on the Secretary of State for California – which controls electoral practice – website.

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    IS CALIFORNIA A BLUE STATE?

    Though California tends to go Democrat for every Presidential and Senatorial election it is not necessarily true that everyone plays for the blue team.

    Its record on who controls the keys to the Governor's Mansion is a lot more varied with actor Arnold Schwarzenegger winning for the Republicans in 2003 and future president (and former actor) Ronald Reagan winning in 1967.

    Not mention the fact one of the most notorious presidents the Republican party ever produced – Richard Nixon – hailed from Orange County.

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    ELDER: ‘BE GRACIOUS IN DEFEAT’

    Larry Elder told voters to be “gracious in defeat” as he conceded the recall election.

    The GOP candidate addressed supporters at a party in Orange County.

    Some of his supporters started to boo when Gavin Newsom’s name was mentioned.

    In a rallying cry, Elder said that they are “going to win the war”, having “lost the battle” to oust Newsom.

    He claimed: "We are forcing (Newsom) now to pay attention to the problems of homelessness… forcing him to do a better job on clearing our forest… forcing him to pay attention to things that should have paid attention to two years ago (sic)."

    Elder addressed his supporters in Orange County as defeat became apparentCredit: Reuters
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    NEWSOM: ‘TRUMPISM ISN’T DEAD’

    California Governor Gavin Newsom warned that Trumpism isn’t dead in America – despite defeating a bid to remove him from office.

    In a victory speech, held in Sacramento, he said: “I think about just in the last few days, the former president put out saying this election was rigged.

    “Democracy is not a football. You don’t throw it around. We may have defeated Trump, but Trumpism is not dead in this country.”

    Newsom told supporters that California had “rejected cynicism and bigotry and chose hope and progress”.

    The governor said Californians had said “yes” to science, vaccines, and ending the Covid-19 pandemic.

    Newsom is set to remain in office until the next gubernatorial election which takes place on November 8 2022.

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    WHO RAN TO REPLACE NEWSOM?

    More than 40 candidates ran to replace Governor Gavin Newsom in Tuesday’s recall election in California.

    But, none were successful as the Democrat defeated attempts to remove him from office.

    Talk show host Larry Elder was considered the frontrunner in the contest.

    But, reality TV star Caitlyn Jenner and YouTuber Kevin Paffrath were among the names on the long list of candidates.

    Newsom’s victory comes almost two decades after movie star Arnold Schwarzenegger replaced former Governor Gray Davis in the 2003 recall.  

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    NEWSOM THANKS CALI VOTERS

    Gavin Newsom has thanked California voters after recording a clear victory in Tuesday's recall election.

    He tweeted: "Tonight, California voted NO on the recall and YES to… Science. Women’s rights. Immigrant rights. The minimum wage. The environment. Our future.

    "We rejected cynicism and bigotry and chose hope and progress. Thank you, California."

    He later commented: "Now, let's get back to work."

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    BIDEN CAMPAIGNED FOR NEWSOM IN RUN-UP TO ELECTION

    Biden traveled to California on Election Day to campaign for Governor Gavin Newsom.

    He told voters that keeping Newsom in office was the "most effective way" to defeat the pandemic.

    The president said: “People are doing everything they can to block or undermine the life-saving mandates that we proposed, putting their people at risk, putting their children at risk, putting their states at risk."

    Biden also took issue with Larry Elder’s previous statements about climate change.

    He said: “It’s hard to believe there are any climate deniers left in America.

    "The last place you want someone like that is in the governor’s office in California.”

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    DEMOCRACY NOT A 'FOOTBALL', SAYS NEWSOM

    Victorious California governor Gavin Newsom said democracy is not a “football” that “can be thrown” as he addressed supporters in Sacramento.

    The incumbent gave a short victory speech after it became clear that he had defeated attempts to recall him.

    The governor slammed allegations of voter fraud that had been circulated by some Republicans in the run-up to the vote.

    Newsom said: “Democracy is not a football. You don't throw it around, Newsom said. It's more like a, I don't know, an antique vase.

    "You can drop it and smash it into a million different pieces. And that's what we're capable of doing if we don't stand up to meet the moment and push back."

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    'CONGRATS GOVERNOR'

    Democratic Senators have heralded California Governor Gavin Newsom following his win in Tuesday's recall election.

    Sen. Amy Klobuchar, of Minnesota, tweeted: "Recall has failed. Congrats Gavin Newsom! Job well done."

    As polls showed that Newsom was on track for a clear win, she said: "Lots of cool graphics and enthusiastic commentary tonight but looking like a blowout to me.

    "As in a 'let the Governor do his job and stop messing around with our democracy' kind of night."

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    NEWSOM 'HUMBLED' BY AMERICANS TURNING OUT TO VOTE

    Gavin Newsom told Californians that he was "humbled" as Americans exercised their right to vote in the recall election.

    After it became apparent that he would remain in office, Newsom made a victory speech at the California Democratic Party's headquarters in Sacramento.

    He said: "'I'm humbled and grateful to the millions and millions of Californians that exercised their fundamental right to vote.

    "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."

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    COVID MOST IMPORTANT ISSUE FOR NEWSOM VOTERS, SAYS EXIT POLL

    Gavin Newsom looks to have defeated efforts to recall him from office.

    As polls closed on Tuesday, NBC News conducted exit polls consisting of early and Election Day voters.

    It’s reported that 70 percent support students wearing face masks in school, and 63 percent believe that getting vaccinated against Covid is more of a “public health responsibility”.

    Newsom’s supporters said the pandemic was the most important issue for them, according to NBC.

    Meanwhile, for voters that backed the recall, 27 percent said the economy was the top issue – followed by homelessness and crime.

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    WHAT DID WE LEARN?

    Gavin Newsom may have won Tuesday’s recall election – but he may not have emerged unscathed.

    In 2018, the Democrat ran for office in a state that saw itself as the heart of the “resistance” to Republican power in Washington.

    Newsom has had to firefight during his term as California has battled drought, wildfires, homelessness, and Covid.

    Analysts say the recall showed that the GOP is “unlikely” to beat Newsom in a partisan race.

    But, a Democrat didn’t really try to unseat the Governor and it remains to be seen whether he can stave off a rival bid in 2022.   

    Veteran GOP strategist Rob Stutzman told the AP: “I think there are Democrats who are watching this with their bibs on and their forks and knives out.”   

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