As the polls wrapped up in California on Tuesday night in Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom’s recall election, the contest was too early to be called, according to NBC News.
On whether he should be removed from office, “no” leads, according to NBC News.
The unusual recall election asked voters to decide whether Newsom should be removed – with ‘yes’ or ‘no’ options – and gave voters who wanted him ousted a choice of 46 alternatives.
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Frustration over the Covid-19 restrictions helped recall organizers muster the roughly 1.5 million signatures they needed to force the vote. But Newsom ended up making his support for masks and vaccines the closing argument of his campaign, warning that a Republican replacement would revoke his health restrictions if elected.
The NBC News exit poll found voters sided with Newsom on public health measures, with a plurality, or 45%, saying Newsom’s Covid policies are correct, compared with 32% who said that the measures were too strict. Another 17 percent said they are not strict enough.
Results from the NBC News exit poll of early voters and Election Day found that 69% supported Newsom’s mandate to require students to wear face masks in schools and 63% said getting vaccinated against the coronavirus was more of a “public health responsibility” than a “personal choice”.
Newsom has been weighed down by a host of issues facing the state, but those who voted for and against the Democrat’s recall had different views on the more important issues, according to the NBC News exit poll.
Among voters who want Newsom removed, the economy was the top issue for 26%, followed by homelessness, which was the top issue for 23% of those in favor of the recall. Crime was the main problem for 18% and the Covid pandemic for 15%, according to the exit poll.
The pandemic was the main problem for those who wanted to keep Newsom in power, with 42% citing this as their main problem. It was followed by homelessness, cited by 22%, forest fires by 18%, the economy by 9% and crime by 2%.
A few weeks ago, Democrats were worried when it seemed like the enthusiasm of Democratic voters was low, but became optimistic when recent polls showed more voters were paying attention.
Every recorded vote in the state has received a postal ballot and millions of people have already returned theirs, but it could still take several days for the outcome to be clear if the race is close, as officials are counting the numbers. votes of those who voted in person on polling day. -the votes as well as the postal ballots arriving late.
Early returns are likely to appear artificially blue, as Democratic voters often like to vote early by mail when many Republicans wanted to wait to vote on Election Day.
The two-question ballot first asked voters whether Newsom should be removed from office and then, if so, who should replace him, with controversial Conservative radio host Larry Elder leading the crowded field of potential replacements.
If the first question is successful, whoever wins the most votes on the second question will become governor.
As polls showed Newsom would likely survive the recall, Republicans began to cast unfounded doubts about the integrity of the vote, with former President Donald Trump calling the vote “rigged” and Elder’s campaign promoting of a website claiming to have discovered fraud in the results before any were even published.