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Newsom apparent winner in recall election

A polling place at Lincoln Park Senior Center in Los Angeles Associated Press/Photo by Ringo H.W. Chiu

Newsom apparent winner in recall election

Gov. Gavin Newsom maintained a 30-point lead early on Wednesday morning with about two-thirds of results from the two-question ballot counted. Mail-in ballots account for the majority of counted votes. Larry Elder, a Republican radio host, emerged as the top choice on the second question that asked voters to choose a replacement if Newsom lost the election. Election officials have 30 days to count all the votes.

What should we be watching? The state GOP is on high alert for fraud after Elder and former President Donald Trump raised accusations of rigged voting in California. Elder’s campaign created a website for reporting suspicious activity at the polls. Only 24 percent of registered voters are members of the Republican Party, which has not won a statewide election in California since 2006. A majority of Californians regularly voted by mail even before the pandemic started.

Dig deeper: Read Sophia Lee’s report on what led voters to pursue a recall election.

Carolina Lumetta

Carolina is a reporter for WORLD Digital. She is a World Journalism Institute and Wheaton College graduate. She resides in Harrisburg, Pa.



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Big Jim

I don't think Democrats need to cheat to win in California. But maybe they're testing methods to deploy in competitive areas of the country. 😁


I think this will give a real good indication of what Californians’ priorities are.


46 Republicans? My ballot had about 46 hopefuls but many of them were Democrats and some other various parties were represented as well.