NEWSOM STAYS: California Gov. survives the recall election that posed the biggest threat yet to his leadership
Insider and Decision Desk HQ are projecting that Gov. Gavin Newsom will survive the California gubernatorial recall. Decision Desk called the race at 8:21 p.m. PT and 11:21 p.m ET. Per this projected call, Newsom will remain governor of California.
How the recall works and what was at stake:
California is one of 19 states where voters unhappy with the direction of their state can kick their leaders to the curb.
This time around, Republican activists moved to recall Newsom mainly over their disapproval of his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic and frustration with the administration's COVID-19 restrictions. Other issues defining the recall include the increasing unaffordability of housing fueling homelessness in the state and extreme weather events like wildfires.
Californians were faced with two questions on the ballot: whether or not to recall Newsom (a simple yes or no), and if so, who to replace him with. The first question failed to receive a simple "yes" majority for Newsom to get the boot. On the second question, the winner to replace him could have won with just a plurality and not a majority of the vote.
Other Republicans running in the recall included former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, and 2018 GOP gubernatorial nominee John Cox. Neither the California Republican Party nor national Republicans, however, had attempted to consolidate support around a single candidate.
Reality TV star and former Olympian Caitlyn Jenner, YouTuber Kevin Paffrath, and a host of other minor candidates also ran in the recall.
Unlike in 2003, when Davis' lieutenant governor ran on the second ballot as an "insurance policy," Democrats chose not to put up a replacement candidate of their own as a fallback, instead urging their supporters to vote "no" on question one and leave question two blank.