California Governor Gavin Newson won the referendum called by Republican opponents, according to first preliminary data.
Preliminary results from the postal vote show that 66.8% of Californians (5.5 million) supported the governor’s continuation.
According to the same data, 33.2% of voters (2.7 million) voted for removal. Although the new face-to-face recount of votes may reduce the margin, the final result will not change.
On Tuesday, former President Donald Trump accused Democrats of electoral fraud before the polls closed.
Republicans needed more than 50% of the votes to get the governor of the state removed, in this case, opening the possibility of electing a replacement through a simple majority among the 46 candidates who presented themselves.
Larry Elder, political commentator and author of a radio show, led the list of opponents against the Democratic governor.
The Newson ousting campaign has mobilized since the end of last year after the governor launched drastic measures against the wave of the new coronavirus pandemic that made California the state with the highest number of deaths from SARS CoV-2 (67,000 deaths) across the country.
At the time when the measures against the propagation of the coronavirus were in force, a scandal arose which originated in the disclosure of photographs of Newson dining at a luxury restaurant, not respecting the measures he had ordered.
California is traditionally a Democratic state and polls have always been favorable to Newson. Even so, the margins were shrinking, leading the Democratic Party to mobilize all means, with President Joe Biden participating in the final phase of the campaign.
The results of the California referendum are known at the same time as the Washington Post newspaper is publishing excerpts from General Mark Milley’s book on the final days of Donald Trump’s presidency.
The Pentagon’s highest official refers notably to Donald Trump’s “state of mind” during the last days of his term as head of state, prompting Mark Milley to take steps to “avoid a war against the People’s Republic of China”.
According to Washington Post journalists Bob Woodward and Robert Costa, the US Army Chief of Staff (Mark Milley) called his Chinese counterpart to assure him that the United States would not attack the People’s Republic of China.
According to extracts from the controversial book published in the digital edition of the Washington Post and which are being released this Wednesday by CNN, General Milley made his own deputies promise not to respect Donald Trump’s “extreme orders”, namely the use of weaponry nuclear.