Democrat California Governor Gavin Newsom will remain in office after handily beating GOP challengers in the state’s recall election. While taking a victory lap Newsom said his victory marked a rejection of “Trumpism” within the state.
The Hill reports:
“Democracy is not football. You don’t throw it around,” Newsom said. “It’s more like an antique vase. You can drop it and smash it in a million different pieces. And that’s what we’re capable of doing if we don’t stand up and push back.”
“We may have defeated Trump,” he added, “but Trumpism is not dead in this country.”
With just about 60 percent of the vote reported, nearly 67 percent of voters chose to keep Newsom as governor. Only about a third – 33 percent – voted to boot him out of office.
“I’m humbled and grateful to the millions and millions of Californians that exercised their fundamental right to vote and expressed themselves so overwhelmingly by rejecting the division by rejecting the cynicism, by rejecting so much of the negativity that’s defined our politics in this country over the course of so many years,” he said.
Newsom and President Biden had both liked GOP frontrunner Larry Elder to former President Trump in attempt dissuade voters from supporting him.