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California is one of the most Democratic states in the U.S. So why is a special election being held to recall Democratic governor of California, Gavin Newsom and remove him from office?
One of the primary reasons for the recall effort is wide scale disappointment by Californians, particularly among Republicans, regarding how he handled the COVID-19 pandemic response. One example cited by petitioners is how Newsom was vocal about mask wearing but then was caught on camera without a mask at The French Laundry, an expensive 3-Michelin star restaurant.
As a result of this disapproval, Republicans were able to collect 1.5 million signatures in support of a recall election. On September 14, all registered California voters will be able to cast their vote. If more than 50% vote to recall Newsom, he will be removed from office. Voters will also be able to cast their vote on his replacement. There are currently over 40 other candidates who are running to replace Newsom.
California has experienced 179 recall attempts since 1913, six attempts that gained enough steam to hold a special election, and one time where the recall was actually successful.