Gavin Newsom’s political fate in balance as final votes cast in California recall

Polls show lead for governor as election with national ramifications draws to a close

  • Who’s who: the 46 challengers running against Gavin Newsom

Californians will decide on Tuesday whether to keep Gavin Newsom in office as a recall election that has left the Democratic governor fighting for his political life draws to a close.

The gubernatorial recall effort is being closely watched across the country for its national implications. As only the second recall in California’s history, the election represents a rare chance for Republicans to seize control in a deep blue state.

Related: California recall: Newsom fights for survival as historic crises fuel extraordinary race

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