Headline RoundupSeptember 15th, 2021

California Gov. Newsom Defeats Recall Effort

Summary from the AllSides News Team

A majority of Californians voted against the effort to recall Gov. Gavin Newsom (D), ending the lengthy campaign to oust him over what critics argued were overly restrictive COVID-19 guidelines. According to an Associated Press projection and other news sources across the spectrum, 64% of people had voted "no" to recalling Newsom with roughly 68% of ballots counted as of Wednesday morning. Conservative talk show host Larry Elder was the favorite to replace Newsom if a majority of people had voted "yes." Newsom tweeted, "Now, let’s get back to work" late Tuesday; Elder conceded Tuesday night, telling his supporters to "be gracious in defeat."

Coverage from left-rated outlets often framed Newsom's victory as a win for Democrats, a rebuke of traditional conservatism, and a vote for more restrictive pandemic guidelines. Coverage from right-rated sources more often reflected on the original reasons for the recall, and placed more focus on Elder's campaign and political future.

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