California Governor Gavin Newsom is expected to survive a recall election.
The race was called by the Associated Press approximately 45 minutes after polls closed.
Two questions were put to voters during Tuesday’s polls: Should Newsom lose his job or should he be replaced if recalled.
A majority of Californians believed Newsom should keep his job. The second question was therefore irrelevant.
Newsom declared Tuesday night, after the vote count had reached a majority, that “I am humbled” and “grateful” to the millions and billions of Californians who voted.
1.5 million people signed a recall petition, which resulted in the special election. CNN reports The state spent more than $270million on the election.
Opponents of Newsom criticised his government’s response against the COVID-19 pandemic. This included lockdowns, mask mandates, and other measures.
“We have said yes science. We have said yes vaccines. Newsom stated that we have said “yes” to ending the pandemic. “We said yes to the rights of people to vote without fear of voter suppression or fake fraud.”
California’s President Joe Biden visited California in the final days of the election. Vice President Kamala Harris also visited California to support Newsom.