California Governor Gavin Newsom got the better of a recall effort to remove him from the state’s top post.
According to statewide results Tuesday night, more than 67% of California voters voted no in the Sept. 14 recall election, which was just the second governor’s recall in the country. history of the state to stand before voters.
More than 40 candidates, including reality TV star Caitlyn Jenner and YouTuber Kevin Paffrath, have come forward to replace Newsom in Tuesday’s election. (In the state’s first-ever special recall election, in 2003, movie star and Republican nominee Arnold Schwarzenegger ousted then-governor Gray Davis, a Democrat.) The latter month, conservative talk show host Larry Elder became the frontrunner and garnered support from right-wing Hollywood types like Scott Baio, Jon Voight, Dean Cain and Chuck Norris; Rose McGowan also supported Elder and appeared with him at a campaign rally on Sunday. Former members of Friends of Abe, the conservative industry group that once had thousands of members, also came together to organize on behalf of Elder, News week reported.
Conversely, the recall effort also activated Hollywood Progressives, who joined Democratic leaders like President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, former President Barack Obama and Senator Elizabeth Warren, to combat the pressure to remove Newsom. Netflix CEO Reed Hastings donated $ 3 million to Newsom’s political action committee to fight the recall, while other Hollywood pledges came from former Quibi founder Jeffrey Katzenberg (500 $ 000), director Steven Spielberg ($ 25,000), Walt Disney Television Entertainment President Dana Walden and producer Matt Walden ($ 15,000), media mogul Byron Allen ($ 10,000) and legend of Barbra Streisand music ($ 2,500). In August, Katzenberg, Casey Wasserman, Andrew Hauptman and Van Fletcher helped co-host a Zoom event attended by entertainment guys who raised money to fight the recall.
In recent days, Josh Gad, Mark Hamill, Yvette Nicole Brown, Rob Reiner and Mia Farrow have all shared messages of support for Newsom’s continued leadership. “Thank you for your leadership in the Golden State, Governor @GavinNewsom! TODAY, any reasonable Californian will avoid electing a spectacularly unqualified radio talk show host and tRump-wannabe by overwhelmingly rejecting the Republican Recall, ” Hamill wrote in a tweet Tuesday, urging Californias to vote “no” on the ballot.
The once marginal recall effort has gained momentum during the pandemic. In the fall of 2020, a judge offered recall organizers several additional months to collect signatures due to COVID-19, as anger was mounting over the state’s response to the virus and the Newsom’s appearance at a lobbyist birthday party at the upscale French Laundry restaurant at a time when such gatherings were discouraged by state health officials. (“While our family followed restaurant health protocols and took safety precautions, we should have acted better and not joined in for dinner,” Newsom said in a statement at the time.) However, recent polls suggested Newsom had a decent chance of surviving the recall, and his approval rating remained high heading into Tuesday’s election, according to a Spectrum News and Ipsos poll released earlier this month.