Today, California voters overwhelmingly rejected the Republican attempt to recall Governor Gavin Newsom and approved of his strong leadership. In response, DNC Chair Jaime Harrison released the following statement:

“Once again, voters rejected the Republican Party’s denial of the pandemic sweeping our country and their subsequent refusal to address it, rejected Republicans’ disproved conspiracy theories about our elections, and rejected Republicans’ unwavering loyalty to the man who caused it all —Donald Trump. 

“Tonight is a win for the bold agenda put forth by President Biden, Governor Newsom, and Democrats in Congress to build our country back better, deliver on their promises, and get our country back on track. I am confident we will continue to do so in 2021, 2022, and beyond.

“Governor Newsom provides the smart, capable and focused leadership necessary to keep Californians safe and build the state’s economy back better amid the COVID-19 pandemic. He has a strong record of delivering for the people of California and I look forward to watching him continue that critical work as governor.”

Background on the DNC’s work in support of Governor Newsom:

  • This race was a major priority for the DNC. Chair Harrison was an early endorser of the “Stop the Republican Recall” effort and worked hard to make sure the Newsom campaign had the support it needed to be successful.
  • Throughout the campaign, the DNC leveraged our distributed organizing program to make calls urging California voters to vote no on the recall and our digital organizing infrastructure to get out the vote.
    • This work included a weekend of action with volunteers across the country to get out the vote and specific phone banks designed to reach and turn out voters of color.
  • President Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, and DNC Chair Jaime Harrison campaigned against the Republican Recall in the final week of the race.

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