Newsom Survives Recall - State and Federal Communications

September 15, 2021  •  

Newsom Survives Recall

California State Capitol Building - Jeff Turner

California Gov. Gavin Newsom has defeated the recall effort utilizing a campaign focused on his pandemic efforts and threats of “Trumpism.”

Newsom had a large lead entering the final day of voting due to the enormous turnout of mail-in voters and Newsom’s unrestricted campaign fundraising.

In February, California passed a bill mandating all active registered voters be sent a ballot each election.

This increased voter turnout brought relief to many Democrats who feared voter apathy would allow Republican front-runner, Larry Elder, to win the governorship.

The recall election cost California roughly $300 million, a price tag officials are hoping to reduce by next year when Newsom faces reelection.

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