After a highly anticipated recall election, voters decided to keep Governor Gavin Newsom in office. The election, held yesterday, did not yield surprising results. Bringing this issue to public attention did not change the fact that California is overwhelmingly Democrat, and it is unlikely for a Republican to unseat a Democrat of any position. Political analysts have been quick to point out that even though Newsom is safe for now, he is not likely to be reelected in 2022.
Roughly 24 percent of California voters are registered Republicans, but more than 30 percent of the votes came into other candidates. This does not suggest that the 2022 election will result in a Republican victory, but it does illustrate that more than just Republicans are unhappy with Newsom’s leadership. In the case that other Democrats run against Newsom during his reelection campaign, he is likely to be replaced by a new face.
Newsom’s disapproval is very much connected to his stance on Covid-19 the past 18 months. While calling for citizens to stay home to “stop the spread,” he was one of the many governors caught ignoring their own rules by attending unnecessary social events. Republicans believe that with Newsom staying in office, schools are likely to go back to remote learning and non-essential businesses will not be able to operate.
Victory was not graceful. In his victory speech, Newsom made comments mocking the opposition regarding previous claims of voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election. Though no such claims have come out about this election, he couldn’t resist making the jab, even after a much needed win for him.