SACRAMENTO (POLITICS WITHIN CALIFORNIA): An exclusive Inside California Politics / Emerson College exit poll released Tuesday found that more than half of California’s likely voters would vote to reelect Governor Gavin Newsom in 2022, regardless of impeachment effort .
Regardless of the impeachment effort, would you vote to re-elect Governor Newsom in 2022 or do you think it’s time for someone new?
Governor Newsom reelection: 53%
Time for someone new: 47%
Governor Newsom won the 2018 election by an overwhelming majority and has acknowledged that Californians have been anxious and tired after a difficult year during the pandemic. He has defended his efforts during the pandemic, saying his decisions have saved thousands of lives.
In two months, Larry Elder went from conservative radio host to leader of the Republican field in California’s recall elections, drawing national headlines, drawing enthusiastic fans to his rallies, and quickly amassing millions for his first campaign.
Elder, seeking to become the state’s first black governor, has managed to outshine his Republican rivals in the polls by sticking to a conservative-libertarian message that doesn’t appeal to many moderate or liberal voters. He has run as an outsider and has given no sign that he intends to change his strategy in the final days of the contest, while also alarming groups across the Democratic spectrum, including environmentalists, women’s rights advocates and black companions.
Did Larry Elder’s candidacy affect the way you voted in recall?
Yes, you are more likely to remember Governor Newsom: 23%
Yes, more likely to stay with Governor Newsom: 32%
No, it did not affect my vote.: 44%
Governor Newsom has targeted Republican candidate Larry Elder, saying he is more extreme in many ways than former President Donald Trump. Elder promises to bring a fresh look and common sense to the Democratic-dominated state and has said he will lift the mask and vaccine mandates immediately.
Which one best describes your feelings about the way the California state government is working?
Satisfied, but not enthusiastic: 37%
Dissatisfied, but not angry: 14%
With Governor Gavin Newsom’s fate at stake, Californians on Tuesday cast the last of the ballots that will decide whether to continue to lead them or whether the nation’s most populous state turns in a more conservative direction amid anger over his actions during the COVID-19. pandemic.
Newsom, a Democrat who leads the polls, is only the fourth governor in US history and the second in California to face impeachment. He was overwhelmingly elected less than three years ago.
“I feel good as long as we can get that vote,” Newsom said after greeting volunteers in San Francisco hours before the polls closed.
A recall election has less predictable dynamics than a regular election, he said.
“They designed this to catch us while we sleep,” Newsom said. “But I think they have seen in the early voting that the Democrats have come out strong, and that has honored me.”
The leading Republican candidate is conservative talk show host Larry Elder, who is seeking to become California’s first black governor.
Associated Press contributed to this report.