Gavin Newsom will remain California governor after easily defeating recall attempt

Democrat found himself in peculiar position after Republican-led recall gained steam amid the worst of the state’s pandemic

California’s governor, Gavin Newsom, has prevailed in a rare recall election that left him battling for his political life.

The Associated Press has projected the results about 45 minutes after polls closed, signalling that voters have eschewed the choice to replace Newsom with his most popular challenger, the rightwing radio host Larry Elder. While the race was called by the AP on Tuesday night, the vote count is not yet final, and election officials have 30 days to count all the ballots.

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