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California’s Newsom Beats Recall Effort in Win for Democrats

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  • Governor prevails in vote framed as fight against Trumpism
  • Conservative Elder’s role as opponent seen increasing turnout
WATCH: Newsom speaks to reporters after he beat back a recall effort.

California Governor Gavin Newsom beat back a recall effort, with voters resoundingly deciding to keep the first-term Democrat in office after a historic special election.

Democratic voters in the most populous U.S. state turned out to defeat a conservative-led movement that was fueled by anger over pandemic restrictions. The result wasn’t close, with major news outlets declaring the race in Newsom’s favor less than an hour after polls closed. About 64% of voters answered “no” to the question whether Newsom be removed, according to data from the Secretary of State as of early Wednesday, with all precincts reporting.