Newsom Recall Fails; Margin Voting "No" Is Nearly 2 to 1 Statewide, Roughly 70% in LA County And In Political Stunner Majority Of Orange County Voters Voted Against It
|(Sept. 15, 2021, 4:10 a.m.) -- CA voters have rejected by a nearly 2 to 1 margin statewide an effort to recall Governor Gavin Newsom.
With final results remain pending (including a count of provisional ballots and a post election canvas outstanding), the statewide margin against the recall was roughly 64% of voters voting "no: to 36% voting "yes;
The recall failed in LA County by an even larger margin: 71% voting "no" to slightly under 30% "yes.
And in an eyebrow raising outcome in previously reliably conservative Orange County, 52.6% voted against the recall with 47.4% voting for it.
Recall opponents also swamped recall supporters in money spent by (among others) the CA Teachers Association PAC, the State Employees union PAC and the CA Democratic Party. George Soros also contributed $1 million to oppose the recall. Opponents called the recall an attempted Republican "power grab" and the unions waged an aggressive "get out the vote" campaign.
Democrat Party partisans rolled out big name opposition at events featuring President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris. The Biden anti-recall event at LBCC's ELB campus took place before an invitation-only crowd of Democrat party insiders arranged in part by Mayor Robert Garcia (LBREPORT.com coverage here.) The Kamala Harris event a week earlier was held at a San Leandro union venue.
Outside the LBCC fenced area, opponents of President Biden and Governor Newsom jeered and some shouted "Fuck Biden."
|Recall opponents were aided by a drumbeat of anti-recall coverage by the Los Angeles Times which played the race card against leading Republican candidate Larry Elder, an iconoclastic Black conservative radio talk show host who on air calls himself "The sage from South Central." In an action that drew criticism from a number of other outlets and their opinion voices, the Times called Mr. Elder the "Black face of white supremacy. You've been warned" and followed with multiple anti-Elder pieces. Mr. Elder, who opposes racial preferences, didn't use the race card affirmatively in his campaign, but did defend himself by noting that a recall victory would have made him CA's first Black Governor.
The Times later allowed Mr. Elder, a lawyer, an opportunity to respond in an interview (below) in which more than once he put his interviewers on the defensive.
Via @latimesopinion: In an interview with the L.A. Times editorial board, recall candidate Larry Elder shares his views on immigration. Besides Elder, there are 46 other candidates running in the recall: https://t.co/z8AQGjJSbB pic.twitter.com/XaaHmVALqC— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) September 14, 2021
Mr. Elder's campaign themes hammered Governor Newsom for what it called a destructive COVID lockdown, let homelessness get out of control, spiked a crime wave by releasing convicted felons and aided fat-cat political cronies while leaving most Califonians in worse shape. Mr. Elder said he's not an anti-vaxer but believes individuals should have a choice on whether to be vaccinated. Elder blamed CEQA for unaffordable housing costs by creating delays and impediments to developers seeking to build new housing. He supported vouchers that would enable parental choice on whether to place their children in private schools instead of what Mr. Elder derisively but accurately called "government schools." (The CA Teacher Association opposes parental choice with payment vouchersis and its PAC was among the anti-recall's largest contributors.)
Before the voting polls closed, Mr. Elder campaign preemptively responded to opinion polls predicting the recall's defeat by laying the groundwork for blaming the recall's failure in part on election irregularities. "If you have experienced any irregularities, interference, or intimidation while voting, please let us know by filling out the short form below" it said.
Mr. Elder hasn't ruled out a run for Governor in 2022.
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