Democratic California Gov. Gavin Newsom appeared on track Tuesday to avoid becoming the state’s second chief executive in fewer than 20 years to be removed from office by the voters in the middle of his term.
“I’m feeling good, as long as we can get out that vote,” Newsom told reporters after greeting volunteers in San Francisco hours before the polls closed at 8 p.m. PT.
“They designed this to catch us while we’re sleeping,” the governor said of recall supporters. “But I think you’ve seen in the early voting Democrats have been coming out strong, and I’m just humbled by that.”
Newsom’s advisers have expressed increasing confidence that the governor would survive the recall effort. The Democrat’s campaign had 25,000 volunteers on the streets over the weekend and has sent 31 million text messages to voters.
Surveys taken in recent weeks showed support for keeping Newsom in office enjoying a double-digit lead over support for removing