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A Primer on the upcoming Newsom Recall

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Governor Gavin Newsom is facing a recall election on Sep 14, 2021. Ballots will be mailed out on August 16, so here is what you need to know.

The deadline to register for this election is August 30.  

Newsom has been criticized for his work with homelessness, COVID restrictions, and immigration reform. 

Culturas broke down the reason for which he is being recalled. Read our coverage here.

It was announced recently that the GOP will not be endorsing a candidate against Newsom. About 90% of attending members of The California Republican Party voted to bypass an endorsement, fearing a divide in the party. 

The ballot has 24 Republican candidates including Larry Elder, Kevin Faulconer, Caitlyn Jenner, and John Cox. 

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Larry Elder is a conservative radio show host, who is the current front-runner in Republican fundraising efforts

Elder polls at 18%, whereas Faulconer, the former mayor of San Diego, and Cox, the 2018 gubernatorial candidate, are receiving a 10% support in polling from the Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies/Los Angeles Times survey. 

Jenner originally received support from a few Republican billionaires, but her campaign is falling into debt, according to filings with the state. Jenner was an Olympian who eventually garnered more fame as a reality television personality. Her running for governor mirrored a celebrity running in the last California Gubernatorial recall election. 

However, her campaign is losing speed, while the others push ahead. 

How likely is it that Newsom will be recalled? 

New independent polls show the trouble for Newsom is within minority communities. When elected in 2018, Newsom earned 64% of the Hispanic vote and 86% of the Black vote. 

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But in the Emerson poll, Hispanics support the recall at 54%. 

When the ballot is sent out it will have two questions. The first will read “Shall Gavin Newsom be recalled from the office of Governor?” The second will ask you to pick a replacement candidate reading “Candidates to succeed Gavin Newsom as Governor if he is recalled.” 

If recalled, the newly elected Governor will complete his term from October until January. 

According to the State Finance Department, the recall election will cost $276 million. It was originally estimated to cost $215 million, but the cost rose after the passage of Senate Bill 152. 

According to the Associated Press, The bill accelerates the recall method by allowing lawmakers to bypass the 30-day legislative review if money is in place for counties to pay for the election. 

Sophia Ungaro
Sophia Rose Ungaro is Culturas resident writing intern. Ungaro hails from San Pedro, California. Growing up with a Navajo/Meztizo mother and a Sicilian father has given Ungaro a unique perspective on the world. In 2021 Ungaro will graduate from the University of Southern California with a B.A. in Journalism. Her beats are race, pop culture, and entertainment.
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