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California Gov. Gavin Newsom to face recall election

California Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom will face a recall election, marking just the second time in state history that a special election will be held to recall a sitting governor.
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California Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom will face a recall election, marking just the second time in state history that a special election will be held to recall a sitting governor.

By Alexandra Meeks and Paul LeBlanc, CNN

California Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom will face a recall election, marking just the second time in state history that a special election will be held to recall a sitting governor.

State officials confirmed Wednesday that a recall election will proceed after just 43 people withdrew their signatures from petitions to recall the governor during a 30-day window required by state law.

As a result, California’s Department of Finance will now begin estimating the costs of the recall — including costs of holding it as a special election or as part of the next regularly scheduled election — which will then be submitted to the governor, the lieutenant governor, the secretary of state and the chairperson of the Joint Legislative Budget Committee by August 5, according to a letter outlining the process from California Secretary of State Shirley Weber. A spokesperson for California’s Department of Finance previously told CNN the recall would cost about $215.2 million. A date has not yet been set.

The recall drive has been fueled by anger over the restrictions Newsom put in place to curb the spread of Covid-19 throughout last year and during an alarming surge in cases in California during the winter holiday months.

Critics of Newsom had met the state’s threshold for a recall election in April following a sprawling effort to gather signatures in every county that was backed by key Republican strategists.

But Newsom and his team have framed the recall as an effort by supporters of former President Donald Trump and right-wing extremists to wrest control of the government from progressives.

“It is what it is. This is a Republican recall,” Newsom said in an exclusive interview with CNN earlier this year. “An RNC-backed Republican recall of White supremacists, anti-Semites and people who are opposed to immigration and immigrants is an accurate assessment of who’s behind this recall.”

The state’s voters will be asked two questions on the recall ballot. First, do they want to vote “yes” or “no” on recalling Newsom, who was elected in 2018 with nearly 62% of the vote.

The second question is which candidate they would like to replace Newsom, and they will choose from what is likely to be a very long list of names (candidates from different parties will appear on the same list). By law, Newsom is not permitted to add his name to the ballot as an option.

When then-California Gov. Gray Davis, a Democrat, was recalled in 2003, more than 125 candidates — including Davis’ eventual replacement, Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger — leapt into the race, creating a circus-like political environment for months.

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  1. I am staying with the devil you know. He was voted in and I don’t trust the media’s account about what he as done to deserve to be recalled, but Jalbert did bring up a very good reason. Where are you leaning with this Jalbert, recall? And if I do, who do I vote for? Is an Actor on the list?

  2. @Frankie
    Two months ago, I was fine with Newsom. Then we are told that 76,000 prisoners, many violent, will be released early. AND, the the inmate firefighter school is being closed. Now, yes, I will vote for recall. Anyone who would let prisoners out early needs to himself be gone. And whether or not he has authority or not, well, he does. He is the governor. He needs to go. Unless he is ok with the prisoners moving onto his block.

    1. @Jalbert
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      Have you got a short list for alternatives to Newsom? I don’t want to blindly vote for someone else. And word of mouth is sometimes a time honored way to band together for a cause. Or I guess in this case word of keyboard, but close enough.

  3. @Frankie
    Do I have a short list? Not at all. I am so politicianed out at this stage of my life, I have no interest in seeking info out at the moment. When the day approaches I am sure we will hear about the various candidates and will choose one then. Might be time for another republican just to let the pendulum swing the other way a few years, try to find a center.

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