CAREER. California Governor Gavin Newsom during a campaign event in Long Beach, California, on September 13, 2021. | Photo: Efe.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom (Democrat) overcame an impeachment campaign against him on Tuesday thanks to broad Democratic turnout, in a special election in which residents could choose to remove him and replace him with one of the other 46 candidates. in charge.
The context: Newsom and his representatives worked for months to keep the state in the hands of a Democratic governor. During the campaign, fears about the new wave of coronavirus cases highlighted. He has been among the most aggressive officials in demanding vaccines and the use of face masks, policies opposed by his Republican rivals.
- The final results of the recall election may not be known for days, even though the ballot included only two questions. The first was whether Newsom should be removed from office one year before the end of his term.
- If he hadn’t gotten 50% of the vote on that question, his rival with the most votes would have headed for the governor’s mansion.
- With approximately two-thirds of the votes counted, the refusal to remove the governor was advanced by more than 28 percentage points.
- Newsom will remain in office for one more year. He is expected to seek re-election in 2022.
What do they say? “We said yes to all of those things that we cherish as Californians,” Newsom said Tuesday night. “We have much more in common as a state and nation than we realize.”
- Larry Elder, a Republican leader and radio host, admitted defeat more than two hours after the polls closed and asked his supporters to be “kind to defeat.”
- “We may have lost the battle, but we are going to win the war,” Elder added.
Main source of the news: The Washington Post.