Newsom To Face Recall Election After Signature Threshold Reached
California Gov. Gavin Newsom is now officially facing a recall election after the needed number of verified signatures have been met.
The California Secretary of State said they had set the needed verified signature at 1, 495, 709. The official garnered signatures were more than 1.6 million, according to a Fox News report.
"This now triggers the next phase of the recall process, a 30-business-day period in which voters may submit written requests to county Registrars of Voters to remove their names from the recall petition," Secretary Weber was quoted in a report.
Weber added that a recall election will be held later this year unless a sufficient number of signatures are withdrawn.
Meanwhile, opponents of Newsom for the recall election include Gold medal Olympian and former reality show star Caitlyn Jenner.
Jenner is running a Republican to replace Newsom. Her team composes of some of the members from former U.S. President Donald Trump's 2016 and 2020 campaigns.
Businessman John Cox, former Rep. Doug Ose, and former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer are also vying for the position.
Newsom issued a statement on Twitter, saying that the Republicans are threatening their values and seeks to undo the progress they have made.
"From fighting COVID, to helping struggling families, protecting our environment, and passing commonsense gun violence solutions," Newsom was quoted in a Los Angeles Times report.
Polls on Recall Election
Meanwhile, a poll conducted last month showed that if recall elections were held at that time, a majority of likely California voters would keep Newsom in the position.
Fifty-six percent of the 1,174 likely voters surveyed by the Public Policy Institute of California said that they would oppose the recall, while 40 percent support it. The remaining are still undecided, according to another LA Times report.
Mark Baldassare, president of the institute, said that support of keeping Newsom in the position has become more optimistic as compared to when they were in January.
"All of these things work to the benefit of keeping the status quo," Baldassare was quoted in a report.
Dan Newman, a political spokesman for Newsom, said the poll results show that the recall is purely a partisan scheme invested as Republicans cannot get a foothold in California.
A poll from Newport Beach-based Probolsky Research showed that just 40 percent of voters would cast a ballot to recall Newsom if a recall election were held.
Forty-six percent said they would vote to support the governor, according to an East Bay Times report.
Adam Probolsky, president of the nonpartisan Probolsky Research, said that he does not want to call this election today. However, one has to understand that this is not an easy road for recall proponents.
On the other hand, the Newport Beach-based research institute showed that Latinos are by far most likely to support the recall effort.
About 45 percent of Latino voters want a recall, as compared to 39 percent of white voters, and 29 percent of Asian-American voters, and 19 percent for Black voters.
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