California’s governor, Gavin Newsom has prevailed in a historic recall election that had him battling for his political life.
Speaking in Sacramento, Newsom said that in voting no on the Republican-led recall, Californians said “Yes to science, we said yes to vaccines.
With about 60% of ballots counted, no on the question of whether to recall Newsom was ahead by a two to one margin.
Early on Wednesday, the governor tweeted: “Tonight, California voted NO on the recall and YES to … Science.
Gubernatorial recall petitions are very common in California, but only one other such recall has made it on to the ballot in state history.
Newsom initially dismissed the recall election as a costly distraction – indeed, it could cost the state some $300m or more.
Larry Elder was the leading Republican challenger to incumbent governor Gavin Newsom. »