The Republican-backed campaign failed to garner the 50 percent of votes needed to remove Newsom from his position. Around 1.5 million Californians signed the petition that initiated the recall vote. Of the votes counted so far, over 66 percent of people voted against recalling Newsom with an estimated 63 percent of ballots counted, the New York Times reports. Caitlyn Jenner and conservative talk radio host Larry Elder were among the Republicans who were hoping to replace Gov. Newsom.
“No is not the only thing that was expressed tonight,” Newsom said following his victory, per Yahoo News. “I want to focus on what we said yes to as a state. We said yes to science. We said yes to vaccines. We said yes ending this pandemic.”
He continued, “I’m humbled and grateful to the millions and millions of Americans who exercised their fundamental right to vote and expressed themselves so overwhelmingly by rejecting the division, by rejecting the cynicism, by rejecting so much of the negativity that’s defined our politics in this country.”
Newsom is only the second governor in history to triumph over a recall. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker was the first.
Newson, who is 53 years old, will seek another term in next year’s gubernatorial election, which will go down on November 8, 2022.