LOS ANGELES– California Democrat Gov. Gavin Newsom held onto his governorship Tuesday, surviving only the second recall in state history after a successful effort to force a referendum on his leadership this spring.
The Associated Press called the race with about 60 percent of the vote in showing nearly 67 percent opposed to removal and just more than 33 percent in favor. The governor captured his first term two years ago with nearly 62 percent to 38 percent against businessman John Cox, who also ran as a candidate replacement.
“Tonight I’m humbled, grateful, but resolved in the spirit of my political hero, Robert Kennedy, to make more gentle, the life of this world,” Newsom said during brief remarks in Sacramento, after smearing his opponents as sexist, anti-science authoritarians hellbent on voter suppression. “We said yes to ending this pandemic… We said yes to diversity. We said yes to inclusion.”
Newsom’s triumph came to the tune of $70 million raised