California Recall

Newsom Recall Vote

Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom is the first to face a recall in California since 2003 – the only successful one in the state’s history, in which Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger replaced Democratic Gov. Gray Davis. This year, every registered voter in the state was mailed a ballot and asked to answer two questions: whether to recall Newsom and who should replace him if he’s recalled. Newsom wasn’t allowed to be listed on the replacement question but 46 others qualified for the ballot.

Recall Gov. Newsom? Key Race

Projected Winner

No

Option % Votes
No 61.9%
7,927,249 3,053,192 ahead
Yes 38.1%
4,874,057 3,053,192 ahead
Key Race

Newsom Replacement Vote

The most prominent candidates who were hoping to replace him were Republicans, including talk radio host Larry Elder, former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, businessman John Cox (who lost to Newsom by a wide margin in 2018), state Assemblyman Kevin Kiley, and reality TV star and former Olympian Caitlyn Jenner. There were nine Democrats listed among the replacement candidates, but Newsom and the California Democratic Party urged supporters to vote “no” on the recall and skip the second question.