The nation’s largest state has just voted in an election triggered by one of the nation’s weirdest recall processes — and the results have come out just about where they’ve been before.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom was elected governor in 2018 by 62% to 38%, a result that was, unsurprisingly in an era of straight-ticket voting and strong partisan allegiance, almost identical to Joe Biden’s 64% to 34% over Donald Trump in 2020.
As of this writing — and it has taken California weeks to count its votes in recent general elections — incomplete returns show 64% of Californians against recalling Newsom and only 36% in favor of removing him from office.
That result makes the second question on the ballot, who shall replace the governor, irrelevant. But it did enable Democrats to spend enormous sums characterizing Larry Elder, the conservative radio talk host who led in polls on the replacement question, as a clone of Trump. . .
Newsom’s success is good news for Democrats. Polls over the summer showed as many as 47% of voters supporting recall. When voters focused on facts, such as the growing homeless encampments and the rapidly rising numbers of homicides and carjackings, they found reason to repudiate the liberal policies that Newsom has pursued or supported. (Read more from “California Voters Get What They Deserve” HERE)
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