California Governor Gavin Newsom defeated a pandemic-triggered recall effort on Tuesday after spending weeks warning the nation’s largest state was at risk of falling into Republicans’ hands.
The prospect of recalling Newsom once seemed like a political fantasy, but Tory foes exploited the frustration over Democrat Covid’s shutdown orders to qualify the election. Newsom has raised some $ 70 million and enlisted national Democratic figures like President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, Senator Elizabeth Warren and Senator Bernie Sanders to make sure supporters vote.
The governor is now entering the last year of his first term in a position of strength. The Republicans’ failure to oust Newsom in an off-year special election fueled by Tory grievances suggests they face an uphill battle to defeat him next year.