California Gov. Gavin Newsom cleaned house, unfortunately, in the recall effort to boot him from office, stopping an attempt to remove him from his position early.
The race was called by major news networks within 45 minutes of the polls closing with enough mailed and early-counted ballots to send the race completely in Newsom’s direction.
The first batch of results that came in revealed Newsom, the former mayor of San Francisco, as well as being a former lieutenant governor, taking over 60 percent of the vote in the entire state with 63.9 percent. That percentage may actually lower as same day votes, which usually tend to favor Republican candidates, are counted up.
Critics said Newsom must go because of the state’s myriad of problems, including water and power shortages, a broken education system, skyrocketing crime, and a homelessness epidemic. Democrats have full control of the state government, and recall supporters have made Newsom, who was overwhelmingly elected governor in 2018, the focus of their blame.
Larry Elder, a Republican and talk radio show host in Los Angeles, was the leading candidate to replace Newsom if more than half the electorate chose to recall him. If elected, Elder promised to overhaul those policy areas — and more.
“We ran a good, hard, strong campaign,” Elder went on to tell the Washington Examiner. “I know that Californians, Democrats, independents, and Republicans are fed up with this governor’s two-year tenure. Why? Rising crime, deteriorating quality of our public education — half of third-graders cannot read at state levels of proficiency — and a more draconian shutdown of the economy compared to the other 49 states.”
Elder also mentioned the state’s refusal to update the power grid and water infrastructure to alleviate drought, along with other policy concerns.
“We may have lost the battle, but we are going to win the war,” he went on to tell his supporters, adding, “I decided to run because I felt I could do something about the crime, the homelessness.”
It’s terrible that Newsom won, but Elder’s right. It’s not time to quit. We must find other ways to legally and righteously fight against the tyranny that Newsom and others like him across the country are trying to push on the American people.