California Governor Gavin Newsom easily survived a recall election Tuesday in a closely-watched race that drew national attention and campaign visits from President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, the Associated Press projected less than an hour after polls closed in the state.
With 62 percent of ballots counted — and more than two-thirds of them saying “no” to the recall — Newsom addressed his supporters in Sacramento.
“No is not the only thing that was expressed tonight,” the governor said. “I want to focus on what we said yes to as a state. We said yes to science. We said yes to vaccines. We said yes to ending this pandemic.”