California Gubernatorial Recall Election Slated for September
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis announced Thursday that Gov. Gavin Newsom’s recall election will be conducted on Sept. 14.
California residents will head to the polls to vote either to retain or remove Newsom from office after enough petitioners signed on in support of the recall attempt ahead of the March 17 filing deadline. Although faced with only the second ever gubernatorial recall election in state history, TWN previously reported that survey data gathered by the Public Policy Institute of California indicated the recall attempt will likely fail.
“Although the window of time from which I could select a date was narrow, I believe we have chosen a fair and reasonable date for this election to take place,” Kounalakis said in a written statement. “It has always been my intention to choose an election date that gives election officials and the public ample time to ensure a smooth election with broad participation. Conducting this election on Sept. 14 fulfills my statutory requirements, and provides the time needed for officials to prepare and inform voters.”
Should more than 50% of voters choose to recall Newsom, whichever candidate receives the most votes to replace him will be elected the next California governor. In May, survey data indicated only 40% of likely voters would vote to remove Newsom and 57% would vote to retain him.
The Republican candidates challenging Newsom on the ballot are former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, former gubernatorial candidate John Cox, former United States Rep. Doug Ose and former Olympic athlete and reality television star Caitlyn Jenner.
“The people have spoken and this recall is happening,” Faulconer said in a written statement. “This movement is powered by Californians from every community – Democrats, Republicans, and Independents. I am ready to lead this recall and begin the California comeback to clean up our streets, cut taxes on the middle class, and reopen our schools. Change is coming for California and retirement is coming for Gavin Newsom.”
Previously, the only successful gubernatorial recall in the state’s history occurred in 2003 when California residents voted to remove then-Gov. Gray Davis and replaced him with actor Arnold Schwarzenegger, TWN previously reported.
Although state law had required a Legislative committee to consider a recall election’s cost, Democratic lawmakers evaded the provision and circumvented the review by passing a bill that permits them to do so if they have already allocated funds for counties. Estimates by the California Department of Finance have placed the expected election costs at roughly $276 million.
“Gavin Newsom’s days of hurting Californians will soon be over,” Jenner said in a written statement. “In just 75 days, we will elect a governor who will put the people of California first instead of special interest groups and Sacramento lobbyists. As I said when I first announced my campaign, Californians want and deserve better from their governor. We have seen what a Gavin-led California looks like – businesses leaving, jobs evaporating, homelessness rising, taxes increasing, and out-of-control violence.”
Newsom has downplayed the recall’s threat, characterizing it in a March email to constituents as being orchestrated by “pro-Trump forces who want to overturn the last election.”
Despite frequent criticism from detractors, Newsom’s job approval rating stands at 54% among all likely voters according to data from the Public Policy Institute of California. Further, 64% of adults and 61% of likely voters, respectively, approved of Newsom’s handling of the pandemic.
“Fires are starting to rage, we’re still not sure schools will open on time, homelessness is out of control, and taxes are way too high,” Cox said in a written statement. “We have shortages of electricity and water; crime is out of control, and the cost of housing and living, in general, is soaring. Gavin Newsom will be recalled on September 14. The insiders and allies have done their best to manipulate the election date for the pretty boy governor, but it doesn’t matter. The people are tired of corruption and politicians who won’t deliver. California needs big, beastly change.”
In The News
In The States
HARRISBURG, Pa. – A Pennsylvania court struck down Act 77, the state's election reform law that permitted no-excuse mail-in voting... Read More
HARRISBURG, Pa. – A Pennsylvania court struck down Act 77, the state's election reform law that permitted no-excuse mail-in voting in the last presidential election, saying the state Constitution requires voters to cast ballots in person unless they meet specific requirements. The ruling was 3-2, with... Read More
MONTGOMERY, Ala. — A panel of three federal judges this week threw out Alabama’s newly redrawn congressional district map, holding... Read More
MONTGOMERY, Ala. — A panel of three federal judges this week threw out Alabama’s newly redrawn congressional district map, holding that given the makeup of the state’s population, lawmakers involved in the redistricting process should have created two districts likely to elect Black representatives. As it... Read More
ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Maryland’s Republican Gov. Larry Hogan has established a “Governor’s Subcabinet on Infrastructure,” to administer funds and advice... Read More
ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Maryland’s Republican Gov. Larry Hogan has established a “Governor’s Subcabinet on Infrastructure,” to administer funds and advice on the implementation of the federal Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. He also named his deputy chief of staff, Allison S. Mayer, to serve as infrastructure... Read More
WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court in Richmond, Virginia, on Thursday heard the first day of oral arguments in a... Read More
WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court in Richmond, Virginia, on Thursday heard the first day of oral arguments in a lawsuit challenging South Carolina’s “fetal heartbeat” abortion law. The proceedings came as the nation awaits a ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court on a case out... Read More
LEWISVILLE, Texas — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott recently revealed a proposal to amend the state constitution to grant parents greater... Read More
LEWISVILLE, Texas — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott recently revealed a proposal to amend the state constitution to grant parents greater control over their children's education and censure public educators for teaching material considered offensive. During a campaign event last week at a charter school in Lewisville,... Read More
ATHENS, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee school district has voted to ban a Pulitzer Prize winning graphic novel about the... Read More
ATHENS, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee school district has voted to ban a Pulitzer Prize winning graphic novel about the Holocaust due to “inappropriate language" and an illustration of a nude woman, according to minutes from a board meeting. The McMinn County School Board decided Jan.... Read More