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Caitlyn Jenner says she ‘can’t believe’ voters kept Newsom in power after receiving only about 1% of the vote in California recall election


Gubernatorial candidate Caitlyn Jenner looks on during a meeting at City Hall in Pasadena, Calif. On August 28, 2021. ROBYN BECK / AFP via Getty Images

  • Caitlyn Jenner has so far received 1.1% of the vote in the California gubernatorial recall election.

  • Despite her near universal name identification, Jenner struggled to gain traction with voters.

  • In an interview with Newsmax, she said she would “assess” any future political opportunity.

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Caitlyn Jenner competed in this year’s California gubernatorial recall election with near universal name recognition and a burning desire to topple Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom, posing as a “compassionate troublemaker” who would “save” the Golden State of its liberal excesses.

However, as the returns arrived on Tuesday night, it was clear from the start that Newsom would not only remain in power for the remainder of his first term, which expires in early 2023, but that Republicans would again be excluded from the levers of government. power in Sacramento – with Jenner tottering among the electorate in her first political race.

With 58% of the vote, Jenner has so far received 56,355 votes, or about 1.1% of the vote, out of nearly 5.3 million votes counted so far, according to Insider and Decision Desk HQ.

Jenner was far behind Republican leader and conservative radio host Larry Elder, who has so far won 45% of the vote, or 2,373,551 votes, among those who have picked a candidate in case Newsom is recalled.

Other prominent Republicans, including former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer and 2018 gubernatorial candidate John Cox, also edged Jenner, getting 8.3% and 4.2% of the vote, respectively.

Jenner, reacting to the results, expressed disappointment that Newsom survived the recall, which was fueled by conservative anger over his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly with regard to business closures during early years. waves of the virus.

In a video shared by CBS News, the retired Olympian gold medalist was incredulous that Newsom pushed back on the electoral challenge.

“He hasn’t campaigned on any of his successes because he doesn’t have any,” she said. “I can’t believe that so many people voted to keep him in power. It’s a shame, honestly, it’s a shame. You kind of get the government you deserve.”

She added: “When I decided to do this, I was coming as a foreigner. I’ve been in politics for a long time, but I never ran for office. And I thought I really needed to. great people to surround me, to help me get through this, who know the ins and outs of politics. I was able to build a great team. And I have to thank them all, for guiding me, helping me, worked on the problems. “

During an appearance On Newsmax earlier Tuesday, Jenner expressed that she “hoped for the best” with the election results.

“For me it’s so in the air [with] what’s going to happen, “she said.” Number one, we’ve got to get Gavin Newsom out of here. I think it’s going to be difficult to do that, but I hope for the best … If he’s not called back, I pity the Californians. “

When asked if Jenner would consider running against Newsom again in 2022 or trying her hand at a congressional run, she said she would keep her options open.

“One thing I can say is that I really enjoyed this process,” she said. “It’s been uplifting, rewarding. I’m a compassionate person. I love people. The process has been great. Once it’s over, we’ll assess, see where we’re at.”

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