Gavin Newsom Stays Governor

( The Associated Press announced that voters in the state of California have chosen to give Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom a second term in office. This is the same guy who endured a recall election.

Newsom beat the Republican candidate, Senator Brian Dahle, with an overwhelming majority, getting close to 60 percent of the vote to Dahle’s 40 percent when the race was called.

In the “jungle” primary system used in California, where the top two vote-getters, regardless of party affiliation, advance to the general election, Newsom received roughly 56.3 percent of the vote, while Dahle came in second with approximately 16.8 percent of the vote.

In the 2018 election, Newsom comfortably defeated GOP candidate John Cox by a margin in the double digits. This victory came in a state where a Republican has not been elected governor since 2006.

The recall movement was launched against Newsom in 2018. It was launched by California voters who were unhappy with the governor’s approach to the coronavirus outbreak, which included statewide regulations and lockdowns. Newsom survived.

The voters ultimately defeated the movement by a margin of 63 percent to 37 percent. This margin was comparable to the margin by which he defeated Cox in 2018 and appears similar to his margin of victory over Dahle.

During the first and only debate between the two candidates a month ago, Newsom vowed to complete the four-year term as governor, even though he is frequently mentioned as a possible Democratic presidential candidate in 2024.

During the discussion, Dahle emphasized California’s high cost of living, which is indicated by gasoline prices that are approximately two dollars per gallon higher than the average price across the nation, as well as the growing number of families that are relocating out of California.

“We have no water. We have no electricity. We have no plan,” Dahle said.

That battle cry was not good enough to oust the polarizing Newsom.

According to a report in the Los Angeles Times, Newsom raised over $22 million more than his GOP competitor, with his $24.5 million compared to Dahle’s 2.5 million in campaign donations.