The petition to recall California Governor Gavin Newsom has garnered more than two million signatures, taking the petition over the finish line with only days left until the deadline.
The Recall Gavin Newsom group said it had gathered more than 2,060,000 signatures and had turned over roughly 1.8 million signatures to county officers for verification. The movement only needed 1.5 million signatures to get the movement on the ballot, but aimed for 2 million to offset any invalid signatures. Chairman of the California Patriot Coalition’s RecallGavin2020 Committee Orrin Heatlie said that Californians “are speaking loud and clear” through the popular petition and declared the winds of change were coming to California politics. “The People are in charge of California, not political operatives,” senior campaign advisor Randy Economy tweeted. “The People are changing California” [MSN].
The campaign website updated its messaging to focus on Newsom’s record on “unaffordable housing,” crime and education policy. Protestors gathered outside the California State Capitol in Sacramento on Sunday as the campaign said it was nearing the 2 million signature mark. Toward the end of the rally, they chanted “goodbye Newsom.” However, polls indicate that the campaigners could face an uphill battle, as the governor holds a decent approval rating with local voters. According to one Public Policy Institute of California poll released last month, 52 percent of likely voters in the state approved of Newsom’s performance in office.
Another survey released by the UC Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies in February found that 36 percent of voters told pollsters they would vote to oust the incumbent, while 45 percent said they wouldn’t. Speaking at an empty stadium earlier this week, Newsom admitted to making mistakes, but also took aim at critics seeking his ouster. “So to the California critics who are promoting partisan power grabs and outdated prejudices and rejecting everything that makes California great, we say this: We will not be distracted from getting shots in arms and our economy booming again,” he said [FOX].
POLITICS EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE
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