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Newsom thanks California for rejecting recall

Gov. Gavin Newsom, fresh off a defeated recall, thanked California and said it was more than his career that was at stake.

“No, that’s not the only thing that was voiced tonight. I want to focus on what we said yes to as a state, ”Newsom said. “We said yes to science, we said yes to vaccines, we said yes to the end of this pandemic, we said yes to people’s right to vote without fear of false fraud or voter suppression, we have says yes to a woman’s basic constitutional right to decide for herself what she does for her body.

“We said yes to diversity, we said yes to inclusion. … We said yes to all of those things that are dear to us as Californians and, I would say, as Americans.

Polls had shown Newsom was likely to push back the recall, with the governor warning his ousting would usher in a new era of conservative Republican rule in the mold of former President Trump.

Conservative talk show host Larry Elder, who had become the frontrunner during the campaign, topped the field of 46 candidates vying to succeed Newsom.

The governor said he saw the failure of the recall as a sign of hope.

“I am humble and grateful to the millions and millions of Californians who have exercised their fundamental right to vote and speak out so overwhelmingly by rejecting division, rejecting cynicism, rejecting much of the negativity that has defined our policy in this country over so many years, ”Newsom said.

The historic election gave California voters the opportunity to judge Newsom’s ability to lead the state through the COVID-19 pandemic, a global health crisis that has shattered families and livelihoods. In the end, Newsom became the second governor in US history to overcome an attempted recall.