Gavin Newsom Recall Election Fails

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The attempt to recall California Governor Gavin Newsom (Democrat) has failed. Yesterday was the last day to vote in the recall election, and the tallies so far show that 64% voted against the recall, while 36% voted to recall Newsom.

The Governor visited Oakland to campaign just days before the election ended. Much of the campaign against Newsom was the way he has handled COVID, shutdowns, mask mandates, among other issues.

Some Oaklanders weighed in on how they would vote, stating things such as “I strongly feel the way it is, is so archaic and wrong. The way the recall has been set up is that a minority of only 12% could actually bring in the governor [for recall]. If you don’t want him, don’t vote for him next time. I think for the most part, he’s done a good job, but I am really frustrated with the way he has handled the homelessness crisis,” as reported by Oakland North.

The recall election is estimated to cost $300 million to state taxpayers.

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Momo Chang is a freelance journalist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is the Oakland Voices Co-Director. Her work focuses on healthcare, immigration, education, Asian American communities, food and culture. She is a former staff writer at the Oakland Tribune. Momo has received journalism awards from the Society of Professional Journalists for investigative reporting and the Asian American Journalists Association, among others. Her work has appeared in the East Bay Express, San Francisco Chronicle, Wired, and The New York Times. Momo is primarily a print journalist who also produces audio and visual stories for documentary film and radio. She is a Senior Contributing Editor for Hyphen and formerly the Content Manager at the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM).

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