California Gov. Gavin Newsom says he’s “humbled” after surviving a GOP-led recall to oust him from office.
With over 70 percent of early ballots counted Tuesday night, Newsom easily defeated the effort to end his time in the governor’s mansion. As the votes rolled in, more than 65 percent went in the “no” to the recall column. About 35 percent of voters said “yes,” Newsom should go.
The ballot contained only two questions: Should Newsom be recalled? If so, which of the 46 candidates on the ballot should replace him?
After the polls closed at 8 p.m., Newsom stepped in front of the cameras to declare victory.
“‘No’ is not the only thing that was expressed tonight,” the Democratic governor said. “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 to ending this pandemic.”
Newsom’s win meant a crushing defeat for the replacement candidates hoping to take his job. Conservative radio host Larry Elder led the field of contenders.
Elder, who is Black, has argued the descendants of slave owners should get reparations because their families lost “legal property” after the Civil War. He said he would roll back COVID-19 vaccination mandates, and he called Roe vs. Wade “one of the worst decisions that the Supreme Court ever handed down.”
Across social media, Hollywood insiders celebrated Newsom’s victory and mocked Elder for getting clobbered.
Comedian D.L. Hughley tweeted: “F*%k #LarryElder #CaliforniaStrong.”
— DL Hughley (@RealDLHughley) September 15, 2021
Star Trek alum and activist George Takei tweeted: “I guess California just doesn’t want to listen to its Elder.”
I guess California just doesn't want to listen to its Elder.
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) September 15, 2021
Actor and filmmaker Rob Reiner added on Twitter: “California, we did it!!!”
California, we did it!!!
— Rob Reiner (@robreiner) September 15, 2021
Actress Sherri Shepherd wrote on Twitter: “Thank You #California Voters for voting NO on the recall! Governor Gavin Newsom has survived!”
— Sherri Shepherd (@sherrieshepherd) September 15, 2021