Gavin Newsom to face recall election
Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) will face a recall election later this year, California's Secretary of State confirmed Wednesday.
Why it matters: This will be the second time in California's history that a gubernatorial recall campaign has succeeded in getting on the ballot, out of a total of 55 attempts, per Bloomberg.
The state of play: The effort to recall Newsom has gained speed, with the Republican-led movement reaching enough votes in April to get on the ballot.
- In accordance with state law, a 30-day window between April 26 and June 8 was given for voters to withdraw signatures from recall petitions if they wished to.
- 43 signatures were withdrawn statewide, leaving a certified total of 1,719,900 verified signatures.
The big picture: While Newsom's approval rating faired well at the start of the pandemic, changing public health policies frustrated some Californians, per the New York Times.
- In November 2020 the governor saw criticism after being photographed at a dinner at the the French Laundry, a Michelin-starred restaurant in Napa County, as COVID-19 cases surged across the state.
- Signatures on the recall petition surged following that dinner, per the Times.
- Our thought bubble via Axios' Andrew Freedman: Californians are now experiencing the start of another potentially historic fire season amid an extreme drought, both of which are aggravated by climate change.