California Voters Will Decide Whether To Remove Gov. Newsom From Office

By Guy Marzorati,
April 27, 2021

California's top election official has announced that organizers of a campaign to recall Gov. Gavin Newsom have submitted enough valid signatures to place the question before voters later this year.

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NEWSOM: ...Because in these elections, who knows what can happen?

MARZORATI: It's not lost on Newsom that the only other governor to face a recall in California, fellow Democrat Gray Davis, was removed by voters in 2003. But Davis faced very low approval ratings and actor Arnold Schwarzenegger on the ballot. Newsom's approval rating stands at 53% among likely voters according to the Public Policy Institute of California. This year's recall is likely to set records for its cost.

KIM ALEXANDER: The registrars are anticipating that it could cost as much as $400 million to conduct this special recall election.

MARZORATI: That's Kim Alexander, president of the nonpartisan California Voter Foundation, who says the rising costs are due to the state's expansion of voter access.

ALEXANDER: We have a lot more voters now in California than we used to, and we're mailing all of them a ballot. And those costs really do add up.

MARZORATI: The election will likely be scheduled for November. Former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer and reality TV star Caitlyn Jenner are among the Republicans running to replace Newsom. (Full Audio)