We would like to thank Creators Syndicate, the distributor of the article, for taking an eight-week break from writing the weekly column to bring back and replace the Governor of California. We would also like to thank our readers for their patience and their willingness to pursue the adventure.
The recall required 50% and we had to vote in favor of the recall. To be replaced, the replacement candidate must get more votes than any other candidate. Currently, ballots are still counted, but efforts to bring back Governor Gavin Newsom have failed.
There were two questions on the ballot to bring back the governor. Question 1, do you remember the governor? Question 2, who do you want to replace him with? For Question 2, there were over 40 names. I first finished overwhelmingly with over 47% of the substitution votes. My closest competitor received 10%.
I participated late in the race and ran a campaign for nearly eight weeks. One of San Diego’s second-term mayors, a Republican rival, campaigned throughout the year, earning less than 9%. It seems that he has raised more money than his Republican rivals combined. The exception is the millions, who are mostly self-funded.
As expected, the leftist media was ruthless. A Los Angeles Times columnist called me “the black face of white supremacism.” Only in the United States can a black man become president or white supremacist.
This would have been the second time Californians had voted for the Governor’s recall if Newsom had been recalled. But when this first happened in 2003, the election situation was very different from today.
Between 2003 and 2021, the number of registered Democrats increased by 5%, the number of registered independents increased by 50%, they tended to vote for Democrats, and the number of Republicans decreased by a whopping 33%. Calling for efforts to bring back the Democratic governor is a difficult battle and a very understated expression.
In 2003, California Governor Gray Davis faced a recall. The party registrations of state voters are:
Republican Party: 35%
Independence / Decline to State: 16%
In 2021, when California Governor Gavin Newsom faced a recall, the registration was:
Republican Party: 24%
Independence / Decline to State: 23%
2003 Arnold Schwarzenegger Voting Share: 48.6%
2021 Larry Elder Share (Votes are still counted): 47%
So why bother?
Newsom’s second term record as governor is terrible. During the first eight months of the coronavirus pandemic, Newsom oversaw the early release of 18,000 convicted serious offenders. Crime is increasing dramatically. In 2020, Los Angeles murders increased by 40% compared to 2019. The increase was similar in San Francisco (17%), Auckland (36%) and San Diego (10%).
Homelessness is also increasing dramatically. When Newsom ran for Mayor of San Francisco in 2004, he promised to end the city’s homelessness problem in ten years. Have you been to San Francisco recently?
The quality of public education in California is terrible. Despite spending an estimated $ 20,000 per student per year, California’s public school students’ test scores are ranked near the bottom of all 50 states, according to the California Policy Center. Watched by the powerful California Teachers Association, Newsom refused public school students to study for a year at school. Meanwhile, his own children enjoyed studying directly at a private school. Prior to the pandemic, 67% of 4th grade public school students were unable to read at NAEP, or the National Assessment of Educational Progression proficiency level. The math score is even worse.
Urban black and hispanic parents want a school choice: the right to spend their education on sending students to charter schools, private schools, religious schools, or spending their money on home education. But Newsam and the teachers’ union are against the truth. School choice.
California is facing water shortages and experiencing “rolling blackouts” due to the failure to properly invest in energy grids. Fires are becoming more and more serious, partly due to poor forest management in Newsome.
So why did the recall fail? Next week’s details.
Larry Elder is a best-selling author and host of nationally syndicated radio talk shows.
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