Gavin Christopher Newsom (born October 10, 1967) is an American politician and businessman who is the 40th governor of California, serving since January 2019. A member of the Democratic Party, he previously served as the 49th lieutenant governor of California from 2011 to 2019 and as the 42nd mayor of San Francisco from 2004 to 2011.
California voters overwhelmingly rejected the recall attempt against Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom, based on the preliminary ballot count.
It hardly comes as a surprise, as multiple polls leading up to the September 14 recall election predicted it would fail. With 33% of precincts reporting their ballot counts as of 9 p.m., 67% of voters objected to removing Newsom from office nearly a year before he will stand for reelection.
Elected in 2018, Newsom is set to seek a second four-year term in 2022. "It was over before it even started. I am very confident in that fact," gay Assemblyman Evan Low (D-Campbel), chair of the Legislative LGBTQ Caucus, told the Bay Area Reporter in a phone interview shortly after the polls closed at 8 p.m.