The top Republican nominee in California’s recall race won late Tuesday as unofficial results showed Governor Gavin Newsom halted an effort to oust him.
Larry Elder, 69, received nearly half the vote from voters who opted to replace Newsom, but some 64 percent of Californians who cast ballots opted not to remove the governor.
Newsom, 53, would have been replaced if a simple majority voted in favor of the recall. Elder, as the top vote-getter among those running to succeed the Democrats, would have replaced him.
“Let’s be grace in defeat. And by the way, we may have lost the war, but we’re going to win the war,” Elder told a crowd in Costa Mesa after Newsom prevailed after indicating the results.
Newsom, in his first term, trampled the results after weeks of worry for him and his fellow Democrats.
“It looks like we’re enjoying a huge ‘no’ vote tonight here in the state of California,” the governor told reporters in Sacramento.
Elder and other gubernatorial candidates have criticized Newsom for imposing harsh restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic and the rise in crime and homelessness the state has seen under their watch.
Newsom attempted to tie down Republicans running to replace former President Donald Trump.
Another California gubernatorial race will take place next year. The matchup could put Elder vs Newsom on a standstill.
“Stay tuned,” Elder told supporters, referring to himself as “a former radio host.”
Elder has hosted radio and television shows over the years, including one on Epoch TV.
If elected, Elder would have been the first black governor of California. Newsom is white.
The governor received support from former President Barack Obama and President Joe Biden, while Elder did not receive much support from national Republicans. The California Republican Party refused to support a candidate in the election.
California GOP Chair Jessica Milne Patterson said Newsom was “saved by two presidents, radical left-wing Washington, D.C. politicians, and more than $50 million in campaign spending after the results came out.”
She said Newsom and her allies “can no longer ignore the millions of Californians—Democrats, Republicans, and Decline to State—who voted yes and acknowledged that the state government had failed to fulfill its core responsibilities. “
But Democratic National Committee Chairman Jaime Harrison said the vote is “a victory for the bold agenda put forth by President Biden, Governor Newsom, and Democrats in Congress.”
“Governor Newsom provides the smart, capable, and focused leadership needed to keep Californians safe and improve the state’s economy amid the COVID-19 pandemic. He has a strong record of working for the people of California and I look forward to seeing him continue that important work as governor,” Harrison said.
This News Originally From – The Epoch Times