California Gov. Gavin Newsom stays in power as recall fails
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom has emphatically defeated an attempt to oust him from office, overcoming Republican criticism of COVID-19 restrictions that shuttered schools and businesses.
Newsom bolted to a quick victory Tuesday boosted by healthy turnout in the overwhelmingly Democratic state. He cast it as a win for science, women’s rights and other liberal issues.
It ensures the nation’s most populous state will remain in Democratic control as a laboratory for progressive policies.
The outcome was being watched nationally with the 2022 midterm elections on the horizon, when control of Congress again will be at stake.