Californians vote to keep Democratic governor Gavin Newsom

California Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom looked set to fend off a recall effort, US television networks said, overcoming a Republican campaign to unseat him over his liberal policies on immigration, COVID-19, and crime.

With more than 60 percent of the votes tallied, NBC, CNN, and Fox News said that Newsom was set to prevail, with two-thirds voting against the recall effort.

Newsom, a first-term governor, successfully boosted support with a flurry of late campaigning.

“I’m humbled and grateful to the millions and millions of Californians that exercised their fundamental right to vote,” Newsom said in a victory speech Tuesday night in the state capital of Sacramento.

Al Jazeera’s Rob Reynolds, reporting from Beverly Hills, said that Californians were girding for a long night before results could be announced, but were surprised that the quick outcome of the polls.

“The result so far indicates a very sweeping victory for Gavin Newsom with many voters heavily voting ‘NO’ on the recall,” Reynolds said.

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